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canter

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[ kan-ter ]
/ ˈkæn tər /
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noun

an easy gallop.

verb (used with or without object)

to move or ride at a canter.

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Origin of canter

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First recorded in 1745–55; short for Canterbury to ride at a pace like that of Canterbury pilgrims

Definition for canter (2 of 2)

canter2
[ kan-ter ]
/ ˈkæn tər /

noun

a person who is much given to the use of cant.

Origin of canter

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First recorded in 1870–75; cant1 + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for canter

canter
/ (ˈkæntə) /

noun

an easy three-beat gait of horses, etc, between a trot and a gallop in speed
at a canter easily; without efforthe won at a canter

verb

to move or cause to move at a canter

Word Origin for canter

C18: short for Canterbury trot, the supposed pace at which pilgrims rode to Canterbury
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