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chariot

[char-ee-uh t]
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. a light, four-wheeled pleasure carriage.
  3. any stately carriage.
  4. Facetious. an automobile.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to convey in a chariot.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to ride in or drive a chariot.
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Origin of chariot

1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French, Old French, equivalent to char car1 + -iot diminutive suffix
Related formschar·i·ot·like, adjectiveun·char·i·ot, verb (used with object)
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Related Words for chariot

wagon, van, car, bus, truck, automobile, bicycle, boat, cab, taxi, jeep, cart, carriage, caravan, chariot, lorry, vector, buggy, crate, mechanism

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Historical Examples of chariot

  • And I looked and saw the chariot and horses, of which the voice had spoken.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • My uncle was going home, and it was delivered to him just as he stepped into his chariot.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • On the day after that there were chariot races in a wide place outside the walls.

  • After making the wish, King Midas leaped into his chariot to return home.

    Classic Myths

    Mary Catherine Judd

  • As soon as his feet touched the chariot floor, it turned into solid gold.

    Classic Myths

    Mary Catherine Judd


British Dictionary definitions for chariot

chariot

noun
  1. a two-wheeled horse-drawn vehicle used in ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, etc, in war, races, and processions
  2. a light four-wheeled horse-drawn ceremonial carriage
  3. poetic any stately vehicle
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Word Origin for chariot

C14: from Old French, augmentative of char car
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Word Origin and History for chariot

n.

mid-14c., from Old French charriot "wagon" (13c.), augmentative of char "car," from Late Latin carrum "chariot" (see car).

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