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canter1

[kan-ter]
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noun
  1. an easy gallop.
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to move or ride at a canter.
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Origin of canter1

First recorded in 1745–55; short for Canterbury to ride at a pace like that of Canterbury pilgrims
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canter

noun
  1. an easy three-beat gait of horses, etc, between a trot and a gallop in speed
  2. at a canter easily; without efforthe won at a canter
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verb
  1. to move or cause to move at a canter
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Word Origin

C18: short for Canterbury trot, the supposed pace at which pilgrims rode to Canterbury
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Word Origin and History for cantered

canter

n.

1755, from canter (v.).

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canter

v.

1706, from a contraction of Canterbury gallop (1630s), "easy pace at which pilgrims ride to Canterbury" (q.v.). Related: Cantered; cantering.

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