Definition of carriage in English:


Syllabification: car·riage
Pronunciation: /ˈkarij


  • 1A means of conveyance, in particular.
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    • She was escorted to a police carriage that would take her to the execution site.
    • Here the traffic consisted not of coaches and carriages but of wagons and hand-carts.
    • Sweden and Denmark even manage to ferry carriages across the Baltic sea with no problem.
  • 1.1A four-wheeled passenger vehicle pulled by two or more horses: a horse-drawn carriage
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    • She was among 15 tourists hurt when a convoy of horses pulling carriages along the steep mountain paths from the glacier bolted unexpectedly, throwing the passengers to the ground.
    • They were among fifteen tourists hurt when the horses pulling their carriages bolted unexpectedly during a tour of the Briksdal glacier in Stryn, western Norway, on Monday.
    • For instance, most English city streets were built when ‘traffic’ consisted of small carriages pulled by skinny horses.
  • 1.2A baby carriage.
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    • Health Canada oversees regulations for over 40 consumer products, among them children's toys, clothes, carriages, car seats and cribs.
    • Yesterday she took the child in a baby carriage to the Sisters of St. Barnabas.
    • Time is once again drawn out in the steps scene when a woman notices a baby carriage about to roll down the steps.
  • 1.3A shopping cart.
  • 1.4A wheeled support for moving a heavy object such as a gun.
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    • The guns were so designed as to produce almost no recoil and thus they could do without heavy carriages.
    • The carriage supports the weapon in the firing and traveling positions.
    • The weapon carriage is lightweight welded aluminum, mounted on a variable recoil mechanism.
  • 1.5British A passenger car of a train: the first-class carriages
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    • The boat trains and beautiful Pullman carriages are now replaced by the Eurostar.
    • The Christmas train consisted of modern passenger carriages, generator cars and a caboose, with a diesel switch engine on either end.
    • The first 12 train carriages for the high-speed railway arrived at Kaohsiung Harbor yesterday.
  • 2The transporting of items or merchandise from one place to another.
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    • Applying this test, it is clear that an arbitration clause is not directly relevant to the shipment, carriage and delivery of goods.
    • The rolling stock will be provided by the company and meets all European standards for carriage of passengers.
    • Amtrak also competes with Greyhound and other private bus lines in passenger carriage.
  • 3A moving part of a machine that carries other parts into the required position: a typewriter carriage
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    • In assembly, where practically every operation is manual, engines shuttle down the line on carriages that swivel to allow workers easy access from any angle.
    • This also means swiveling around the sliding carriage that holds the file, and duplicating the angles you used earlier.
  • 4 [in singular] A person’s bearing or deportment: her carriage was graceful, her movements quick and deft
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    • He had very handsome features with a strong muscular frame, tall and strong-limbed with graceful carriage and dignified bearing.
    • This is a broad definition, encompassing essentially the whole carriage and deportment of the body.
    • Her carriage was royal, and her bearing haughty and most formal.
  • 5The harboring of a potentially disease-causing organism by a person or animal that does not contract the disease.
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    • The likelihood that antibiotic use will, in the short term, result in carriage of a resistant organism needs to be built into clinical decision making.
    • Nasal carriage of organisms may predispose to recurrent infection in an individual.
    • Breakthrough infections and chronic carriage were clearly and strongly related to peak antibody concentrations.


late Middle English: from Old Northern French cariage, from carier (see carry).

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