• IPA(key): /ˈd͡ʒɔs.tra/
  • Hyphenation: giò‧stra

Etymology 1Edit

From Old French joste, derived from joster.

Alternative formsEdit


giostra f (plural giostre)

  1. (historical) joust, jousting (knightly contest)
    • 1321, Dante Alighieri, La divina commedia: Inferno [The Divine Comedy: Hell] (paperback), 12th edition, Le Monnier, published 1994, Canto XXII, lines 1–6, page 325:
      Io vidi già cavalier muover campo, ¶ e cominciare stormo e far lor mostra, ¶ e talvolta partir per loro scampo; ¶ corridor vidi per la terra vostra, ¶ o Aretini, e vidi gir gualdane, ¶ fedir torneamenti e correr giostra
      I have erewhile seen horsemen moving camp, begin the storming, and their muster make, and sometimes starting off for their escape; vaunt-couriers have I seen upon your land, o Aretines, and foragers go forth, ⁠tournaments stricken, and the jousting run
  2. Meanings by analogy:
    1. (archaic) skirmish
      Synonym: scaramuccia
    2. fight
      Synonyms: contrasto, lotta, scontro, urto
    3. (rare) The act of going around.
      fare la giostrato go around
    4. (figuratively, archaic) deceit, deception
      Synonym: raggiro
  3. A competition where contestants try to hit a target while speedily passing underneath it.
  4. merry-go-round (British), carousel (US); ride (at a theme park etc)
  5. (in the plural) The rides in an amusement park.
  6. (figuratively) A chaotic succession.
  7. (figuratively, Rome) mess (confusion of things)
Related termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

See the etymology of the main entry.



  1. inflection of giostrare:
    1. third-person singular present indicative
    2. second-person singular imperative



  • giostra in – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana