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chariot

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Pronunciation: /ˈtʃarɪət
 
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Definition of chariot in English:

noun

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.

verb

[with object] literary Back to top  
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.

Origin

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

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