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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR QUINTAIN

The game of quintain, which I need not describe, was much in vogue.

Soon he was allowed to tilt with his horse and lance at the quintain.

They always kept up the sport of tilting at the Quintain in the water.

Accordingly she once more betook herself to the quintain post.

The animal swerved and shied and galloped off wide of the quintain.

Then she went into the small home park where the quintain was erected.

She resolved that, at any rate, to him nothing more should be said about the quintain that day.

This appears to be a relic of the ancient Welsh game of quintain, or gwyntyn.

After Aimery could strike the quintain with precision he took his first tilt against an older squire.

If you can jump over a ditch and hedge, I am sure you could turn the quintain round.

WORD ORIGIN

"target for tilting and jousting practice," c.1400 (in Anglo-Latin from mid-13c.), from Old French quintaine or directly from Medieval Latin quintana; perhaps from Latin quintana "of the fifth" (see quinque-), which as a noun meant "the business part of a camp," on the supposition that this was where military exercises were done [OED].

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR QUINTAIN

bull's-eye

nouncenter of a target
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