a chariot driver.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Auriga.

Origin of charioteer

1300–50; chariot + -eer; replacing Middle English charietere < Middle French charetier, equivalent to Old French charete cart (char car1 + -ete -ette) + -ier -eer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of charioteer

  • This equipment of the charioteer is shown on the bas-reliefs.

  • And let the figure be composite—a pair of winged horses and a charioteer.

  • Now, Ion, will the charioteer or the physician be the better judge of the propriety of these lines?



  • The soul of man is likened to a charioteer and two steeds, one mortal, the other immortal.



  • Adroitly he leaped into the seat of the charioteer and seized the reins.

British Dictionary definitions for charioteer



the driver of a chariot
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Word Origin and History for charioteer

late 14c., from Old French charioteur, from charriot (see chariot). As a verb from 1802. Related: Charioteered; charioteering.

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