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Tournay, Turnay, n. Also: tourne-, tournoy, tourenay, tornay, turnans. [ME and e.m.E. torney (Chaucer), turnay, tourney (both 14th c.), tornoye (Caxton), tournay (1552), OF tornei, turnei, tournay, etc.] (A) jousting. = Turnament n.(1) ?1438 Alex. ii 5245.
Ȝe that throw cheualry Enchewis the weiris and the turnans And is sa prysit with Grecians
(b) 1494 Loutfut MS 6b.
The dedis of armes sic as iustis tourneis behoyis & feldis of batalȝe
1494 Loutfut MS 44a.
1495 Treas. Acc. I 263.
Purpour dammas, to be ane hogtoune to the prince agane the tourenay
a1586 Lindsay MS 9a.
Euery knycht and squyar of the said tournay suld haue ane warlet armit without wappin of defens to gif thair said maisteris suerdis or bastonis gif mister war
(c) 1530 Lynd. Test. Pap. 502.
Tryumphand tornayis, iustyng, & knychtly game
15.. Clar. ii 804.
Ane knicht … askit … that he the formost day To just micht enter in the said tornay
1560 Rolland Seven S. 1752.
The knicht … enterit in the feild To the tornay, with harnes hors and scheild
(2) ?1438 Alex. ii 7119.
Quhen men in turnay ar purueyit, Thay sall wele mare redoutit be
15.. Clar. i 376.
To be thair againe the justing day On horse armit redie for tornay
1560 Rolland Seven S. 1747.
To set fordwart his name Quha wald cum thair to tornay or iusting

b. attrib.Tournay-hede, -suord, a blunt sword for use in jousting (cf. Hede n.1 5 b); tournay-nail, ? a decorative nail of some sort. 1506–7 Treas. Acc. III 363.
Tua pair of tournay gluffis and ane pair inner gluffis
1506–7 Treas. Acc. III 364.
For xij virales, xxvj diamandis, tua tournay suordis, four tournay hedis to the tournay in Strivelin
1508 Treas. Acc. IV 121.
To George Bell, lorymar, for … vice nalis, … viij tournay nales, tua gun rammis [etc.]

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