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[ih-kwes-tree-uh n]
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  1. of or relating to horseback riding or horseback riders: equestrian skill.
  2. mounted on horseback: equestrian knights.
  3. representing a person mounted on a horse: an equestrian statue.
  4. pertaining to or composed of knights or mounted warriors: an equestrian code of honor.
  5. of or relating to the ancient Roman equites.
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  1. a person who rides horses.
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Origin of equestrian

1650–60; < Latin equestri(s) (compare eques horseman) + -an
Related formse·ques·tri·an·ism, nounnon·e·ques·tri·an, adjective, nounun·e·ques·tri·an, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for equestrian


  1. of or relating to horses and riding
  2. on horseback; mounted
  3. depicting or representing a person on horsebackan equestrian statue
  4. of, relating to, or composed of Roman equites
  5. of, relating to, or composed of knights, esp the imperial free knights of the Holy Roman Empire
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  1. a person skilled in riding and horsemanship
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Derived Formsequestrianism, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin equestris, from eques horseman, knight, from equus horse
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Word Origin and History for equestrian


1650s, formed in English from Latin equester (genitive equestris) "of a horseman," from eques "horseman, knight," from equus "horse" (see equine). As a noun, "one who rides on horseback," from 1791. The pseudo-French fem. equestrienne is attested from 1848.

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