from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A post or an object mounted on a post, used as a target in tilting exercises.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An object to be tilted at; -- called also quintel.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A figure or other object to be tilted at.
- n. The game or exercise of tilting at the quintain.
- n. Same as cinquain, 2.
It is the custom to hoist married men, who are not blest with children, on the quintain, which is made to revolve rapidly.
Then when the carols were ended, the ladies and maidens sat down on the green grass and fresh flowers, and the squires set up a game of tilting called quintain upon the meadows and played till even-song; and then Merlin came to the damsel and asked if he had done what he promised for her.
ThQ catching at the apple and, at lead, puts one in mind of the ancient of the quintain, which is now almoft forgot - nd of which a defcription may be found in s Survey of London.
The four pages were in the tilt yard, where there stood a wooden figure, called a "quintain," which turned round upon an axis, and held a wooden sword in one hand and a buckler in the other.
He was a sturdy boy; his right forearm noticeably muscled, probably from long work with the quintain and wooden sword.
As I watched Sir William Parr repeatedly pluck the ring from the post and outshine every other competitor at the quintain, too, I could not help but imagine him in that role.
“I will take especial care, both of my person and your token,” Will promised, and rode not to the quintain but into the lists to run at the ring.
For practice, some tilted at the quintain, a stuffed figure on a revolving bar.
“More than a hand will be chilled if you are unseated by the quintain.”
So I sit with little Henry when he takes his lessons from the tutor that Jasper has employed, I ride with him in the morning, I watch him as he jousts at the little quintain that Jasper had built for him in the field behind the stables.