[char-ee-uh t]


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.
a light, four-wheeled pleasure carriage.
any stately carriage.
Facetious. an automobile.

verb (used with object)

to convey in a chariot.

verb (used without object)

to ride in or drive a chariot.

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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chariot

Contemporary Examples of chariot

Historical Examples of chariot

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


    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



a two-wheeled horse-drawn vehicle used in ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, etc, in war, races, and processions
a light four-wheeled horse-drawn ceremonial carriage
poetic any stately vehicle

Word Origin for chariot

C14: from Old French, augmentative of char car
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for chariot

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper