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[kar-ij; for 9 also kar-ee-ij] /ˈkær ɪdʒ; for 9 also ˈkær i ɪdʒ/
a wheeled vehicle for conveying persons, as one drawn by horses and designed for comfort and elegance.
British. a railway passenger coach.
a wheeled support, as for a cannon.
a movable part, as of a machine, designed for carrying something.
manner of carrying the head and body; bearing:
the carriage of a soldier.
Also called carriage piece, horse. an inclined beam, as a string, supporting the steps of a stair.
the act of transporting; conveyance:
the expenses of carriage.
the price or cost of transportation.
(in a typewriter) the moving part carrying the platen and its associated parts, usually set in motion to carry the paper across the point where the print element or type bars strike.
management; administration.
Origin of carriage
1150-1200; Middle English cariage < Anglo-French, Old North French, equivalent to cari(er) to carry + -age -age
1. cart, car, wagon. 6. mien, comportment, demeanor, air. Unabridged
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  • Your manner reduced me to a groom who opened your carriage door.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • The two saddle-horses and a team for carriage use had been shipped ahead.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • At the same time there was not a suspicion of truculence or even repulse in his carriage.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • There was greater freedom in her carriage, and she seemed to have grown.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Simplicity and self-forgetfulness were manifest in carriage and utterance.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for carriage


(Brit) a railway coach for passengers
the manner in which a person holds and moves his head and body; bearing
a four-wheeled horse-drawn vehicle for persons
the moving part of a machine that bears another part: a typewriter carriage, a lathe carriage
(ˈkærɪdʒ; ˈkærɪɪdʒ)
  1. the act of conveying; carrying
  2. the charge made for conveying (esp in the phrases carriage forward, when the charge is to be paid by the receiver, and carriage paid)
Word Origin
C14: from Old Northern French cariage, from carier to carry
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Word Origin and History for carriage

late 14c., "act of carrying, means of conveyance; wheeled vehicles collectively," from Anglo-French and Old North French cariage "cart, carriage, action of transporting in a vehicle" (Old French charriage, Modern French charriage), from carier "to carry" (see carry (v.)). Meaning "individual wheeled vehicle" is c.1400; specific sense of "horse-drawn, wheeled vehicle for hauling people" first attested 1706; extended to railway cars by 1830. Meaning "way of carrying one's body" is 1590s. Carriage-house attested from 1761.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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