Definitions

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

  • n. A horse-drawn carriage, used primarily in Egypt and India, often as a cab.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A wheeled cart or carriage (usually horsedrawn).
  • n. South African military slang: a jeep or small truck for conveying troops.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any wheeled cart or carriage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A native East Indian cart or carriage, in its typical form, drawn by oxen or ponies.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a horse-drawn carriage in India

Etymologies

Hindi gāṛī, probably ultimately from Sanskrit gartaḥ, chariot.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Hindi गाड़ी gāṛi: a wheeled cart, carriage; a car, truck, bus. From the Old Indo-Aryan gāḍḍa- through the Prakrit gaḍḍi- (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The "gharry" makes an excellent perambulating studio -- it is a small, high, wooden cab, with little lattice shutters instead of glass which pull up all round so that you can let down those you need for view, aft or forward, or at either side, and pull up the others and thus have privacy and light and air, and you need no stove or hot pipes, for you could roast a partridge inside!

    From Edinburgh to India & Burmah

  • I'd two or three cab voyages, "gharry," I should have said, before I got the best part of ours to the Taj Hotel.

    From Edinburgh to India & Burmah

  • "gharry," and drove to Emmerson's Hotel, near the Esplanade.

    On the Equator

  • We call it ‘gharry’ in the Ethiopian language, but they are used as a taxi, he said.

    Ethiopia’s Low-Tech, High-Value Transportation

  • In the street he found a gharry after a while and drove to his hotel.

    In The Time Of Light

  • They were halted again at a gloomy gateway where an officer came out to look them over; by his leave they left the gharry and followed him under the arch until their heels rang on stone paving in a big ill-lighted courtyard surrounded by high walls.

    In The Time Of Light

  • He leapt off the gharry, throwing his heavy ceremonial garb into the crowd before he hit the ground, clothed in sandals and a loin cloth wrap, he took off through the crowd.

    Buddhism: A beginners guide: Part 2

  • As was customary for the Sangha they broke for lunch to collect alms for the noonday meal, the King wondering where his son was, travelled by gharry down to the central marketplace.

    Buddhism: A beginners guide: Part 2

  • Huddled safe back in the royal gharry, distraught he looked up and asked Chandaka about the old men he had seen.

    Buddhism: A beginners guide: Part 2

  • He stumbled back to the gharry, blindly walking through a thousand tentative hands that stretched to brush his royal presence.

    Buddhism: A beginners guide: Part 2

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