Definition of equestrian in English:

equestrian

Line breaks: eques|trian
Pronunciation: /ɪˈkwɛstrɪən
 
, ɛ-/

adjective

  • 1Relating to horse riding: his amazing equestrian skills
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    • But by 300 BC, these tribes had acquired horses and used their equestrian skills to develop very effective cavalry tactics.
    • His farming enterprises are a herd of suckler cows and horses, which compete in the equestrian sport of eventing up to and including international level.
    • Horse breeding and equestrian sports have always been recognised by the society as an integral part of this activity.
  • 1.1Depicting or representing a person on horseback: an equestrian statue
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    • For honorific statues of emperors and mortals, Romans could be portrayed in togas, in military garb, as naked or half-draped figures after Greek prototypes, or on horseback in equestrian statues.
    • The Bannockburn Heritage Centre, close to the Glasgow Road and run by the National Trust for Scotland, has the famous equestrian statue of Bruce and an audio-visual show and display material.
    • In Union Square, the biggest rally gathered beneath an equestrian statue scaled by mourners, draped with American flags and covered with the word ‘Peace’, in chalk.
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  • 1.2(In ancient Rome) relatinɡ or belonɡinɡ to the wealthy class known as the equites (see equites).
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    • Although born into the equestrian class, Lucius Aelius Sejanus had become the first citizen of Rome in everything but title.
    • Marius now intrigued against Metellus among his equestrian and Italian friends in Africa and Rome and won election for 107 by playing on suspicions of the aristocracy.
    • As the son of an old equestrian family, Ovid was sent to Rome for his education.

noun

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  • 1A rider or performer on horseback.
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    • The riders all are life-long equestrians with from 12-30 years in endurance competitions.
    • The popular show features talented equestrians who, with their American Paint Horses, vie for more than $264,000 in prize money and prestigious World Championship titles.
    • Be prepared to meet fellow equestrians on these popular trails.
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  • 1.1(In ancient Rome) a member of the equites (see equites).
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    • Some Roman citizens were very clearly distinguished by their power and privilege: these were the senators, equestrians and the provincial elite.
    • The Senate, the voice of the aristocrats and equestrians, contended with the plebian masses for control of Rome, and directed the generals in foreign policy.
    • The officers were drawn from citizens who were enrolled as patricians of senatorial rank or equestrians, also known as knights.

Origin

mid 17th century (as an adjective): from Latin equester 'belonging to a horseman' (from eques 'horseman, knight', from equus 'horse') + -ian.

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