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[char-ee-uh t] /ˈtʃær i ət/
a light, two-wheeled vehicle for one person, usually drawn by two horses and driven from a standing position, used in ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, etc., in warfare, racing, hunting, etc.
a light, four-wheeled pleasure carriage.
any stately carriage.
Facetious. an automobile.
verb (used with object)
to convey in a chariot.
verb (used without object)
to ride in or drive a chariot.
Origin of chariot
1275-1325; Middle English < Middle French, Old French, equivalent to char car1 + -iot diminutive suffix
Related forms
chariotlike, adjective
unchariot, verb (used with object) Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for chariot
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  • And I looked and saw the chariot and horses, of which the voice had spoken.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • My uncle was going home, and it was delivered to him just as he stepped into his chariot.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • On the day after that there were chariot races in a wide place outside the walls.

    Buried Cities, Part 2 Jennie Hall
  • After making the wish, King Midas leaped into his chariot to return home.

    Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
  • As soon as his feet touched the chariot floor, it turned into solid gold.

    Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
  • I wished to decline, but this he would not allow, and urged me to enter his chariot with him.

  • I pulled the chariot out, and drove off the hostile mercenaries.

  • The reins were of silk, and the chariot shone with burnished gold.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • He soon reached the avenue by which the chariot had disappeared from his sight.

    Imogen William Godwin
British Dictionary definitions for chariot


a two-wheeled horse-drawn vehicle used in ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, etc, in war, races, and processions
a light four-wheeled horse-drawn ceremonial carriage
(poetic) any stately vehicle
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, augmentative of charcar
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Word Origin and History for chariot

mid-14c., from Old French charriot "wagon" (13c.), augmentative of char "car," from Late Latin carrum "chariot" (see car).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for chariot



A car (1930s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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