quintain (n.) c.1400 (in Anglo-Latin from mid-13c.), from O.Fr. quintaine or directly from M.L. quintana, perhaps from L. quintana "fifth" (see QUINQUE- (Cf. quinque-)), the name of the business part of a camp, on the supposition that this was where military exercises were done.

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  • Quintain — Quin tain, n. [F. quintaine, LL. quintana; cf. W. chwintan a kind of hymeneal game.] An object to be tilted at; called also {quintel}. [Written also {quintin}.] [1913 Webster] Note: A common form in the Middle Ages was an upright post, on the top …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quintain — [kwin′tin] n. [ME qwaintan < OFr quintaine < ML quintana < L quintana (via), street in a Roman camp separating the fifth maniple from the sixth (later, marketplace) < quintanus, of the fifth < quintus, fifth: see QUINTET] an object …   English World dictionary

  • Quintain — For the type of poem, see Cinquain, for the band, see Quintaine Americana Quintain (O. Fr. quintaine , from Lat. quintana , a street between the fifth and sixth maniples of a camp, where warlike exercises took place), was a war game (or… …   Wikipedia

  • quintain — /kwin tn/, n. 1. an object mounted on a post or attached to a movable crossbar mounted on a post, used as a target in the medieval sport of tilting. 2. the sport of tilting at a quintain. [1400 50; late ME quyntain object for tilting at < MF… …   Universalium

  • quintain — /ˈkwɪntən/ (say kwintuhn) noun 1. (during the Middle Ages and later) a post, or an object mounted on a post, for tilting at as a knightly or other exercise. 2. such exercise or sport. {Middle English quyntain, from Old French quintaine, from… …   Australian English dictionary

  • quintain —   n. object, or target, tilted at; tilting at quintain …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • quintain — noun Etymology: Middle English quintaine, from Anglo French, perhaps from Latin quintana street in a Roman camp separating the fifth maniple from the sixth where a market was held, from feminine of quintanus fifth in rank, from quintus fifth Date …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • quintain — noun The street in a Roman military camp separating the fifth and sixth manipels The quintana was commonly used for exercices See Also: quintile, quintuplicate …   Wiktionary

  • Quintain — An object attached to a pole and used as a target by jousters with a lance, to train in accuracy. The target was attached to an arm which revolved when struck; the arm would spin and if struck inaccurately might hit the tyro en passant. [< Lat …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • quintain — [ kwɪntɪn] noun historical a post set up as a mark in tilting with a lance, typically with a pivoted sandbag attached to strike an inexpert tilter. Origin ME: from OFr. quintaine, perh. based on L. quintana, a street in a Roman camp separating… …   English new terms dictionary