American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An ancient horse-drawn two-wheeled vehicle used in war, races, and processions.
- n. A light four-wheeled carriage used for occasions of ceremony or for pleasure.
- v. To convey or ride in a chariot.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A two-wheeled car or vehicle, used in various forms by the ancients in war, in processions, and for racing, as well as in social and private life. The Roman chariot was called a biga, a triga, or a quadriga, according as it was drawn by two, three, or four horses, all abreast. The triumphal chariot was a quadriga; it was very richly ornamented, and sometimes made of ivory. Greek and Roman chariots for war and racing were usually closed in front and open behind, and without seats. The war-chariots of the ancient Persians and Britons were armed with weapons like scythe-blades or sickles projecting from the hubs, and are hence called
- n. In modern times: A somewhat indefinite name for a more or less stately four-wheeled carriage.
- n. A pleasure-carriage, of different forms.
- To convey in a chariot.
- To ride in a chariot.
- n. a two-wheeled, horse-drawn vehicle, used in Bronze Age and Early Iron Age warfare
- n. a light four-wheeled carriage used for ceremonial or pleasure purposes
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Antiq.) A two-wheeled car or vehicle for war, racing, state processions, etc.
- n. A four-wheeled pleasure or state carriage, having one seat.
- v. To convey in a chariot.
- v. ride in a chariot
- n. a light four-wheel horse-drawn ceremonial carriage
- v. transport in a chariot
- n. a two-wheeled horse-drawn battle vehicle; used in war and races in ancient Egypt and Greece and Rome
- From Old French chariot, from char ("cart"), from Latin carrus ("waggon"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, vehicle, from Old French, from char, cart, from Latin carrus, of Celtic origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The military use of the chariot is a topic badly in need of a definitive analysis.”
“On days when his pains were bad, he would propel himself around in a roller-chair, which he called his chariot; and although evidently suffering, he was never heard to complain.”
“She calls her chariot, 'vehicle'; her furbelowed scarf, 'pinions': her blue mant and petticoat is her 'azure dress'; and her footman goes by the name of Oberon.”
“Then he called his chariot and his horses, and sent heralds through all the town, and all the people went out with him to the dreadful War-god's field.”
“Verily now, your majesty, the word chariot is a mere empty sound.”
“She calls her chariot, vehicle; her furbelowed scarf, pinions; her blue manteau and petticoat is her azure dress; and her footman goes by the name of Oberon.”
“When day came on we found that this was a great mountain which they called the chariot of the gods. ”
“After the whole show was over they had what they called a chariot race, and women driv 'around the tent in little two-wheeled carts, standin' up. ”
“He had then come forward into the arena and placed a garland on the head of his charioteer, wishing to show that the chariot was his own.”
“Lacedaemonian, had been scourged on the course by the umpires; because, upon his horses being the winners, and the Boeotian people being proclaimed the victor on account of his having no right to enter, he came forward on the course and crowned the charioteer, in order to show that the chariot was his.”
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