Definition of carriage in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkarɪdʒ/


1A means of conveyance, in particular:
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.
North American  car;
British  saloon;
Indian  bogie
1.2A 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.
wagon, hackney, hansom, gig, landau, trap, caravan, car
1.3A wheeled support for moving a heavy object such as a gun: a US army howitzer and carriage
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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.
2 [mass noun] British The conveying of goods or passengers from one place to another: the carriage of bikes on public transport
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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.
transport, transportation, conveyance, transfer, transference, delivery, distribution, carrying, transmission, movement, haulage, freight, freightage, portage, cartage, shipment
2.1The harbouring of a potentially disease-causing organism by a person or animal that does not contract the disease.
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.
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.
posture, bearing, stance, gait, comportment;
attitude, manner, presence, air, demeanour, mien, appearance;
behaviour, conduct;
British  deportment


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

  • car from Late Middle English:

    The earliest recorded uses of car, dating probably from the 14th century, referred to wheeled vehicles such as carts or wagons. The word came into English from Old French carre, based on Latin carrus ‘two-wheeled vehicle’, the source of words such as career, cargo (mid 17th century), carriage (Late Middle English), carry (Late Middle English), charge (Middle English), and chariot (Late Middle English). From the 16th to the 19th centuries car was mainly used in poetic or literary contexts to suggest a sense of splendour and solemnity. Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809–1892) used it to describe the funeral carriage bearing the body of the Duke of Wellington (1769–1852) at his state funeral: ‘And a reverent people behold / The towering car, the sable steeds’ (‘Ode on the Death of the Duke of Wellington’, 1852). The first self-propelled road vehicle was a steam-driven carriage designed and built in France in 1769, but such vehicles were not called cars until the 1890s.

Words that rhyme with carriage

disparage, Harwich, intermarriage, marriage, miscarriage

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