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[kwin-tn] /ˈkwɪn tn/

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.
the sport of tilting at a quintain.
noun (esp in medieval Europe)
a post or target set up for tilting exercises for mounted knights or foot soldiers
the exercise of tilting at such a target

“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].


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