or car·ri·ole

  1. a small, open, two-wheeled vehicle.
  2. a covered cart.
  3. a light, open sleigh pulled by horses or dogs, especially one used in French Canada.

Origin of cariole

1760–70; < French carriole < Old Provençal carriola, equivalent to carri carriage (< Late Latin carrium, for Latin carrus; see car1) + -ola -ole1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for cariole

Historical Examples of cariole

  • We are in a cahot and must get our cariole out of it as best we can!

    The Golden Dog

    William Kirby

  • “All right,” said Sanford, as he moved off towards his cariole.

    Up The Baltic

    Oliver Optic

  • “Well done, Alec,” said Mr Ross, as he sprang out of the cariole.

  • The rider in that cariole is so whelmed in furs as to be absolutely invisible.

    The Big Otter

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • The cariole is in form not unlike a slipper bath, both in shape and size.

    Hudson Bay

    R.M. Ballantyne

British Dictionary definitions for cariole



  1. a small open two-wheeled horse-drawn vehicle
  2. a covered cart

Word Origin for cariole

C19: from French carriole, ultimately from Latin carrus; see car
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