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canter1

[kan-ter] /ˈkæn tər/
noun
1.
an easy gallop.
verb (used with or without object)
2.
to move or ride at a canter.
Origin of canter1
1745-1755
First recorded in 1745-55; short for Canterbury to ride at a pace like that of Canterbury pilgrims
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canter

/ˈkæntə/
noun
1.
an easy three-beat gait of horses, etc, between a trot and a gallop in speed
2.
at a canter, easily; without effort: he won at a canter
verb
3.
to move or cause to move at a canter
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.).

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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