joust

\ \ [13] The underlying meaning of joust is simply an ‘encounter’. The word came from Old French juster, which originally meant ‘bring together’, and hence by extension ‘join battle’ and ‘fight on horse-back’. The Old French verb goes back to Vulgar Latin *juxtārecome together’, a derivative of Latin juxtāclose’ (source of English juxtaposition [17]). And juxtā itself comes from the same ultimate source as English join and yoke. Jostle [14] originated as a derivative of joust.
\ \ Cf.JOIN, JOSTLE, JUXTAPOSE

Word origins - 2ed. . 2005.

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