Definition of sumpter in English:


Line breaks: sump|ter
Pronunciation: /ˈsʌm(p)tə


A pack animal: [as modifier]: a sumpter mule
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  • Geldings, coach horses, close carr horses, litter horses and sumpter horses sent expressly for the use of the royal party were allowed 2s per day.
  • A team of sumpter horses (pack horses), each one in the care of its own sumpterrnan, riding his own horse, was sent up to carry the queen's baggage.
  • They comprised geldings and nags, sumpter horses, teams for coaches, the litter and three carts, as well as some hired post horses.


Middle English: from Old French sommetier, via late Latin from Greek sagma, sagmat- 'packsaddle'; compare with summer2.

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