Definition of carriage in English:


Line breaks: car|riage
Pronunciation: /ˈkarɪdʒ


  • 1A means of conveyance, in particular:
    More example sentences
    • 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.
  • 1.1British Any of the separate sections of a train that carry passengers: the first-class carriages
    More example sentences
    • 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.
    coach; North American car; British saloon; Indian bogie
  • 1.2A four-wheeled passenger vehicle pulled by two or more horses: a horse-drawn carriage
    More example sentences
    • 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.
  • 1.3A wheeled support for moving a heavy object such as a gun: a US army howitzer and carriage
    More example sentences
    • 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.
  • 3A moving part of a machine that carries other parts into the required position: a typewriter carriage
    More example sentences
    • 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.
  • 5 [mass noun] The harbouring of a potentially disease-causing organism by a person or animal that does not contract the disease.
    More example sentences
    • 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).

More definitions of carriage

Definition of carriage in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day coloratura
Pronunciation: ˌkɒlərəˈtjʊərə
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody