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[kwo-dree-guh, -drahy-] /kwɒˈdri gə, -ˈdraɪ-/
noun, plural quadrigae
[kwo-dree-gahy, -drahy-jee] /kwɒˈdri gaɪ, -ˈdraɪ dʒi/ (Show IPA).
Classical Antiquity.
a two-wheeled chariot drawn by four horses harnessed abreast.
Compare biga, triga.
Origin of quadriga
1720-30; < Latin quadrīga, earlier plural quadrīgae, contraction of quadrijugae a team of four; cf. quadri-, yoke1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for quadriga
Historical Examples
  • On the obverse the head of Persephone, on the reverse the quadriga, and above, the triskelion.

    The Swastika

    Thomas Wilson
  • The Biga is made in imitation of the moon, the quadriga of the sun.

    The Letters of Cassiodorus Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
  • A Hercules within, and the quadriga upon the gable of the same temple, both also of terra-cotta, are ascribed to this artist.

    History of Ancient Art Franz von Reber
  • The reverse of an aureus of the reign of Titus represents the Colosseum with these statues and a quadriga in the centre.

    The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 2 George Gordon Byron
  • They brought me hither, and I can guide them well; nay, at the last Isthmian games I won the crown with my own quadriga.

    The Sisters, Complete Georg Ebers
  • The helmeted Athené and Helios in his quadriga figure by the side of Buddha.

  • quadriga, kwod-rī′ga, n. in Greek and Roman times a two-wheeled car drawn by four horses abreast:—pl.

  • They liked the chariot, because the quadriga was a superbly sthetic picturea moving pedestal for the hero.

    Acrobats and Mountebanks Hugues Le Roux
  • It represents a picture in a circle, repeated over and over again, of a warrior in his quadriga.

    Needlework As Art Marian Alford
  • quadriga, a two-wheeled chariot drawn by four horses abreast, used in the ancient chariot races.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
British Dictionary definitions for quadriga


noun (pl) -gas, -gae (-dʒiː)
(in the classical world) a two-wheeled chariot drawn by four horses abreast
Word Origin
C18: from Latin, from earlier quadrijugae a team of four, from quadri- + jugum yoke
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