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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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  • Sir William had sent his horse home, and would return in the chariot with his lady.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • Behind the chariot came the troops who had taken part in the victory.

  • He saw the chariot of Nestor go dashing by, dragged by sweating horses, and he knew that a wounded man was in the chariot.

  • We'll introduce the chariot and also heavy carts to speed up logistics.

    Adaptation Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • chariot of Elijah, fiery chariot, carry my words that they may fall like thunder into the hearts of men.

    Jeremiah Stefan Zweig
  • Got into William's chariot and drove to his daughter living near by.

  • This chariot race to the hotel, a distance of over a mile, happily ended without accident or collision.

    A Trip to the Orient Robert Urie Jacob
  • Did I see the god who is to be seen by all, did I see the chariot above the earth?

  • The ape, baffled, pursues his way; the chariot is replaced on the earth.

    History of Phoenicia George Rawlinson
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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