Pronunciation: ( joust, just, jOOst),[key] —n. 1. a combat in which two knights on horseback attempted to unhorse each other with blunted lances.
2. this type of combat fought in a highly formalized manner as part of a tournament.
4. a personal competition or struggle.
—v.i. 1. to contend in a joust or tournament.
2. to contend, compete, or struggle: The candidates will joust in a television debate.Also,just.