Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A two-wheeled chariot drawn by four horses abreast.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A Roman racing chariot drawn by four horses abreast.
  • n. A team of four horses, especially as used in chariot racing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A car or chariot drawn by four horses abreast.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In classical antiquity, a two-wheeled chariot drawn by four horses, which were harnessed all abreast.

Etymologies

Latin quadrīga, sing. of quadrīgae, team of four horses, contraction of quadriiugae, feminine pl. of quadriiugus, of a team of four : quadri-, quadri- + iugum, yoke; see jugum.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin quādrīgae, literally "four yoked" (quattuor "four" + iugum "yoke"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Dionysius went over to Syracuse with his four-horse chariot, called the quadriga, and, much to the surprise of the Greeks, won the coveted laurel wreath at the

    The Great Round World and What Is Going On In It, Vol. 2, No. 11, March 17, 1898 A Weekly Magazine for Boys and Girls

  • Notice now the sun's quadriga ie. chariot on top of the roof representing the sun at zenith?

    Erecting an Etruscan temple

  • On the top of the arch of Septimius Severus was an quadriga.

    Rome Stillborn 1.0

  • The Mausoleum was seven storeys of white marble crowned by a quadriga four-horse chariot, and my guess is that it would have been visible to ships for at least twenty nautical miles.

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  • All at once he threw back his head, his blond locks fell back like those of an angel on the sombre quadriga made of stars, they were like the mane of a startled lion in the flaming of an halo, and Enjolras cried:

    Les Miserables

  • Apollo had a quadriga, a chariot which was pulled by four horses, which he drove across the heavens, delivering daylight and dispensing the night.

    Pope Benedict Archbishop of Canterbury Cancel George Bush's Crusade

  • Following them was a manic chattering dwarf driving a four-horse chariot, an imperial quadriga, only this one was pulled by haltered goats.

    Crusader Gold

  • Five centuries later they're in Rome, on top of a triumphal arch of Nero in the Forum, part of a sculptural group showing the emperor drawing a four-horse quadriga.

    Crusader Gold

  • “I have a family-style mule-drawn conveyance and a litter for the personal use of my wife,” said Calliopus in a hurt tone, obviously making rapid plans to sell his boy racer quadriga and it quartet of zippy Spanish greys.

    Two For The Lions

  • He [granted] a general amnesty to the empire, granted one quadriga of horses to each king's son of the imperial house who was enregistered,2. 2 to the officials and common people, noble ranks, to [each] hundred households, an ox and wine, and to the Thrice Venerable, the

    The History of the Former Han Dynasty

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  • "... And rushing directly toward him, screaming like an eagle and wild-eyed as his horses, was what appeared to be one of the ancient German gods of war, driving a chariot drawn by four galloping dark horses, scarlet-mouthed and foaming.

    Grey flung himself to the side, taking the butler to the ground with him, and the chariot slewed past with barely an inch to spare, a flurry of monstrous hooves spraying them with sand and droplets of saliva....

    The quadriga—yes, by God, it was; the four horses ran abreast, threatening at every moment to overturn the chariot that bounced like a pebble in their wake—galloped on, held in perilous check by the one-armed maniac who stood upright behind them...."
    —Diana Gabaldon, Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade (New York: Delacorte Press, 2007), 333

    May 5, 2009