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Turnament, Tornement, n. Also: turmanent, tornament, tournayment. [ME and e.m.E. tornemen (a1297), tornement, turnament (both 14th c.), tournement (1470-85), OF torneiement, tournoiement, turnoiement, etc., med. L. torneamentum, t(o)urnamentum, etc.] (A) jousting.(1) ?1438 Alex. ii 9675.
This was na turnament … Bot battell of great cruelte
c1420 Wynt. v 2081.
The Romanys hale … held festywalle, In turnamentys and justyng, Menstralcyis and gret dansyng
1460 Hay Alex. 11099.
Countenance and playis on skaffaldis … iusting in the rew and tur[n]a[m]entis [MS turmanentis]
c1500-c1512 Dunb. (OUP) 154/121.
A turnament … Betuix a telȝour and ane sowtar
a1578 Pitsc. I 242/12, 14.
He causit the kingis graice to set ane gret justing and turnament at Edinburgh in Halyrudhous … and the said justing and turnament to stand the spaice of xl dayis
a1578 Pitsc. I 373/5.
I nevir did sie … Sic bancatting sic sound of instrumentis With sang and dance and martiall turnamentis
(b) c1420 Wynt. vii 1573.
Kyng Willame off Scotland … prowyd prowes, Manhed, and gret dowchtynes In tornementys, and justyngys
a1500 Seven S. 409.
Our all vther thing lufit he Of armes gret nobilite Justing and tor[na]mentis
1531 Bell. Boece I 247.
He gaif his ingine to tornamentis, warsling, and othir knichtly exercitioun
15.. Clar. i 698.
The king gart cry ane tornament; Ane hundreth knichts of Spanȝie war ordand, Aganis ane hundreth knichts of Estour land … Baith the sydis assemblit in the feild
1560 Rolland Seven S. 1754.
Efter him past his fair lady gent With hir ladyis, to se the tornament
1560 Rolland Seven S. 6971.
He vsit daylie iusting, Breking of speiris and alswa hors rinning. … The king heiring his vailȝeant tornament … send for him
(c) 1456 Hay II 4/19.
A … knycht … the quhilk … had aventurit his persone to pursue and manetene justis, tournaymentis and weris
(2) c1500-c1512 Dunb. (OUP) 99/32.
This anterous knycht … At justing and at tornament, Evermor he wan the gre
1513 Doug. viii x 96.
Thai war assemblyt for the nanys The gret gammys Circenses forto se, Quhilk iustyng or than turnament cleip we
1535 Stewart 57880.
Tha war als weill vsit In justing, fechting, and in tornament
1560 Rolland Seven S. 6700.
In hir minde scho knew incontinent, That he had brint ane knicht of tornament
a1578 Pitsc. II 125/13.
This trywmphe and bancatting lestit and continwit the space of xx dayis with gret justing and turnament running at the rigne and aircherie and all knychtlie game

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