Definition of chariot in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtʃarɪət/


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1A two-wheeled vehicle drawn by horses, used in ancient racing and warfare.
Example sentences
  • As we moved through the shadows, we slipped into an ancient world of horses, chariots and camels.
  • They imported chariots and horses from Egypt and traded them on to the Neo-Hittite and Aramean kingdoms to their north and northeast.
  • He expresses the desire to retreat and Aeneas chastises him offering his own chariot as a vehicle.
2 historical A four-wheeled carriage with back seats and a coachman’s seat.
Example sentences
  • Also featured is a four-wheeled Thracian chariot.
  • We see men herding horses and driving horse-drawn chariots.
  • Arriving and departing for the wedding the bride and groom looked gleeful in their horse drawn chariot with driver in full regale.
3 literary A stately or triumphal carriage.
Example sentences
  • When he picked the man up, he arrived in a horse drawn chariot, which he drove himself.
  • If they rode in on a real horse, I had a golden chariot drawn by two horses.
  • We reached the gate, where an elegant chariot pulled by two horses stood, and the pharaoh stood beside them.


[with object] literary
Convey in or as in a chariot: he was charioted into the Temple
More example sentences
  • Houses are being broken into and sacked, people are injuring each other indiscriminantly, and decent folks are charioting themselves out of town with scant success.
  • His body was unmarked and perfected from combat and charioting.


Late Middle English: from Old French, augmentative of char 'cart', based on Latin carrus 'wheeled vehicle'.

  • 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 chariot

Harriet, Judas Iscariot, lariat, Marryat

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