American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A two-wheeled chariot drawn by four horses abreast.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In classical antiquity, a two-wheeled chariot drawn by four horses, which were harnessed all abreast. It was used in racing in the Greek Olympian games, and in the circensian games of the Romans. The quadriga is often met with as the reverse type of Greek coins, especially those of Sicily, and is of frequent occurrence in sculpture and vase-painting.
- n. historical A Roman racing chariot drawn by four horses abreast.
- n. historical A team of four horses, especially as used in chariot racing.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Rom. Antiq.) A car or chariot drawn by four horses abreast.
- From Latin quādrīgae, literally "four yoked" (quattuor "four" + iugum "yoke"). (Wiktionary)
- 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)
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