Definitions

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

  • n. A small, open, two- or four-wheeled carriage drawn by one horse.
  • n. A light, often covered cart.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small, light, open one-horse carriage.
  • n. A covered cart.
  • n. A kind of calash.
  • n. A sleigh drawn by horses, with seats for a driver and possibly passengers.
  • n. A toboggan drawn by dogs, with a passenger or cargo compartment enclosed by skins or fabric, and a small platform at the rear.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small, light, open one-horse carriage.
  • n. A covered cart.
  • n. A kind of calash. See carryall.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small open carriage; a kind of calash.
  • n. A covered cart.

Etymologies

French carriole, from Old Provençal carriola, diminutive of carri, chariot, from Latin carrus, a Gallic type of wagon; see kers- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • These goddesses stepping into a car, vulgarly called a cariole, the mortals followed, and explored alley after alley and pavilion after pavilion.

    Dreams Waking Thoughts and Incidents

  • My own sled, which was called a "cariole," was one of the usual oak sleds with parchment sides and a firm back attached.

    On the Indian Trail Stories of Missionary Work among Cree and Salteaux Indians

  • And so we found a tiny, functional apartment overlooking the picture-postcard port of Sauzon, rented bicycles for us and a cariole to tow Tadpole and our beach bags behind us, and set out to explore the surrounding villages, countryside and beaches.

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  • She has just gone away, and the last I saw of her was her vivacious face peeping through the curtain of the cariole, and nodding a gay farewell to the family, who were shouting their adieux at the door.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 103, May, 1866

  • Just before dusk, on the evening of February 4th, 1899, Marie and her mother left the city of Manila, in a cariole, drawn by a

    The Woman with a Stone Heart A Romance of the Philippine War

  • He was therefore obliged to content himself with a wretched cariole, and in this equipage, about four in the morning, he reached Froidmanteau, about four leagues from Paris.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Collection of Memoirs of Napoleon

  • Yet when he had quitted the house his heart smote him, and when he passed Madame de Rocheval's the next day he stopped his cariole and went in just to ask if Marguerite had any message for her guardian, the Baron de Valricour, at Montreal.

    The King's Warrant A Story of Old and New France

  • A Gentleman going to England has for sale, a Negro-wench, with her child, about 26 years of age, who understands thoroughly every kind of house-work, particularly washing and cookery: And a stout Negro -- boy, 13 years old: Also a good horse, cariole and harness.

    The Journal of Negro History, Volume 5, 1920

  • Lady Charlotte proposed to go driving with me, but she went in a sort of cariole as hard as a cart, which I could only endure for a short while.

    Memoirs of Madame Vigée Lebrun

  • "I will show you my new cariole that I have made for winter, m'sieu," said Pierrot as the door closed behind them.

    Baree, Son of Kazan

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