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[char-ee-uh-teer] /ˌtʃær i əˈtɪər/
a chariot driver.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Auriga.
Origin of charioteer
1300-50; chariot + -eer; replacing Middle English charietere < Middle French charetier, equivalent to Old French charete cart (char car1 + -ete -ette) + -ier -eer Unabridged
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  • This equipment of the charioteer is shown on the bas-reliefs.

  • And let the figure be composite—a pair of winged horses and a charioteer.

    Phaedrus Plato
  • Now, Ion, will the charioteer or the physician be the better judge of the propriety of these lines?

    Ion Plato
  • The soul of man is likened to a charioteer and two steeds, one mortal, the other immortal.

    Meno Plato
  • Adroitly he leaped into the seat of the charioteer and seized the reins.

    Henry IV, Makers of History John S. C. Abbott
  • "I fancied you said something to me about being her Ladyship's charioteer," said Linton.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • But sad grief darkened the mind of Hector, on account of his charioteer.

  • He is driven back by Apollo, but slays the charioteer of Hector, Cebriones.

  • Cuchulain could not make up his mind to go, but sent Laeg, his charioteer.

    The Book of Hallowe'en Ruth Edna Kelley
  • But then, being an heroic poem, had you not better call him a charioteer?

British Dictionary definitions for charioteer


the driver of a chariot
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for charioteer

late 14c., from Old French charioteur, from charriot (see chariot). As a verb from 1802. Related: Charioteered; charioteering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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