[kwo-dree-guh, -drahy-]

noun, plural quad·ri·gae [kwo-dree-gahy, -drahy-jee] /kwɒˈdri gaɪ, -ˈdraɪ dʒi/. Classical Antiquity.

a two-wheeled chariot drawn by four horses harnessed abreast.

Compare biga, triga.

Origin of quadriga

1720–30; < Latin quadrīga, earlier plural quadrīgae, contraction of quadrijugae a team of four; cf. quadri-, yoke1
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Examples from the Web for quadriga

Historical Examples of quadriga

  • On the obverse the head of Persephone, on the reverse the quadriga, and above, the triskelion.

    The Swastika

    Thomas Wilson

  • The Biga is made in imitation of the moon, the Quadriga of the sun.

    The Letters of Cassiodorus

    Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)

  • A Hercules within, and the quadriga upon the gable of the same temple, both also of terra-cotta, are ascribed to this artist.

    History of Ancient Art

    Franz von Reber

  • The reverse of an aureus of the reign of Titus represents the Colosseum with these statues and a quadriga in the centre.

  • They brought me hither, and I can guide them well; nay, at the last Isthmian games I won the crown with my own quadriga.

British Dictionary definitions for quadriga


noun plural -gas or -gae (-dʒiː)

(in the classical world) a two-wheeled chariot drawn by four horses abreast

Word Origin for quadriga

C18: from Latin, from earlier quadrijugae a team of four, from quadri- + jugum yoke
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