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 (joust, jŭst, jo͞ost) also just (jŭst)
a. A combat between two mounted knights or men-at-arms using lances; a tilting match.
b. jousts A series of tilting matches; a tournament.
2. A personal competition or combat suggestive of combat with lances: a politician who relishes a joust with reporters.
intr.v. joust·ed, joust·ing, jousts also just·ed or just·ing or justs
1. To engage in mounted combat with lances; tilt.
2. To engage in a personal combat or competition.

[Middle English, from Old French juste, from juster, to joust, from Vulgar Latin *iūxtāre, to be next to, from Latin iūxtā, close by; see yeug- in Indo-European roots.]

joust′er n.
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All round the arena rose the cries of itinerant merchants: 'Iced malvoisie,' 'Score-cards; ye cannot tell the jousters without a score-card.
You never get to see it, but you can feel it," he said of having already passed the other jouster by the time he's fallen from his horse.
The jouster is trying to hit his opponent not just in any old place but on a spot "not much bigger than a license plate," as Adams says in the show's premiere: a socalled grand guard bolted to the left side of the opponent's chest.
To cast aside in the manner of a spent medieval jouster, shedding armour, while crying 'mon dieu, je suis tres glad to get that bloody lot off
He spoke three languages, wrote poetry and at 6ft 3in tall he was the pre-eminent athlete of his generation, a brilliant jouster and archer.
According to the scorecards Brandon was England's best jouster, yet he was always beaten by the King.
ThE Norfolk annals were being scoured to recall the last time there was an Irishtrained winner on the North Denes after Jouster did the business in the 6f maiden handicap.
Joan of Arc, an accomplished fencer and jouster, may now be regarded by lesbian athletes as "the first female action hero," but to claim her as one of us requires a degree of what can only be called "gay abandon.
Justice Eagen's comment that Specter was "no babe in the woods," drew Justice Musmanno's retort that "Justice Eagen understated the situation" because, in actuality, Specter was a "veteran jouster in the arena of life's practicalities," "a skilled swordsman" in court proceedings.
As the name suggests, this popular sport and pass-time in southern France is a cross between Henley and Camelot - lance-wielding 'knights' tilting at each other from the prows of open narrow boats charging up and down a small stretch of the Canal du Midi, Originating in the picturesque port of Sete centuries ago, it re mains a cherished cultural tradition in the Languedoc region where fierce rivalries have developed between neighbouring towns like Agde and Meze, Many stage their own tournaments during the summer festival season when holiday-makers join the locals to savour this testosterone-charged duel and one of the more popular is Challenge Navaratte - named after famous jouster Maurice Navarette - which is held in the small town of Vias every year.
A Scots jouster a professional, no less had seen off all of 'Enery's best knights and was wooing the lady Anne with his derring-do until the furious king bellowed at his squires ``get me my armour'' and whacked the upstart Jock with his lance for his trouble.
Both COMPETITIVE EDGE and JOUSTER are talented horses, with definite prospects.