Definition of Quintain

1. n. An object to be tilted at; -- called also quintel.



Definition of Quintain

1. Noun. (history military) The street in a Roman military camp separating the fifth and sixth manipels ¹

2. Noun. (archaic) An object to be tilted at in jousting, often a sandbag hanging from a post. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Quintain

1. an object used as a target in a medieval sport [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Quintain

quinqueviri
quinquevirs
quinquina
quinquivalence
quinquivalent
quins
quinsied
quinsies
quinsy
quinsyberry
quinsywort
quint
quinta
quintagenarian
quintagenarians
quintain (current term)
quintains
quintal
quintals
quintan
quintans
quintar
quintars
quintas
quintate
quintates
quintating
quinte
quintenary

Literary usage of Quintain

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Antiquary: A Magazine Devoted to the Study of the Past by Edward Walford, John Charles Cox, George Latimer Apperson (1887)
"In the centre of the village-green we notice what first strikes us to be a sign-post, but closer inspection, will show us that it " Is but a quintain ; a ..."

2. Publications by English Historical Society (1842)
"Compulsi sunt etiam viri religiosi et clerici beneficiati banc quintain decimam dare omnium bo- norum ..."

3. The Sports and Pastimes of the People of England: Including the Rural and by Joseph Strutt (1876)
"Various Kinds of the quintain.— IV. Derivation of the Term.—V. The Water quintain.—VI. Running at the quintain practised by the Citizens of London ; and why ..."

4. Sussex Archaeological Collections Relating to the History and Antiquities of by Sussex Archaeological Society (1873)
"The quintain in Sussex. Several incidental notices of old Sussex Sports and Pastimes have occurred in these volumes, and further information on this subject ..."

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