- a light vehicle on runners, usually open and generally horse-drawn, used especially for transporting persons over snow or ice.
- a sled.
- to travel or ride in a sleigh.
Origin of sleigh1
or slay, sleigh
- the reed of a loom.
- the warp count in woven fabrics.
- British. the lay of a loom.
- to draw (warp ends) through the heddle eyes of the harness or through the dents of the reed in accordance with a given plan for weaving a fabric.
Origin of sley
Examples from the Web for sleigh
Contemporary Examples of sleigh
In “Sleigh Ride,” the narrator is painting a scene so perfect that it could be featured on an iconic Currier and Ives print.The Most Confusing Christmas Music Lyrics Explained (VIDEO)
December 24, 2014
Yes, the future lawmaker built up a full-service Santa business with a sleigh pulled by real reindeer.Kerry Bentivolio: The Congressman Who Believes in Santa Claus
December 24, 2014
After wandering at haphazard some little way I met a peasant in a sleigh.Book Bag: Beguiling if Unlikely Travel Books
September 4, 2014
Historical Examples of sleigh
The light of that speech was in her eyes when she went out to the sleigh again.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
He was throwing back the robe to leap from the sleigh when the figure reached him.Tiverton Tales
On the 10th of March, 1809, the sleigh and its load entered Cleveland.Cleveland Past and Present
After Dan's departure in the sleigh, Tom wandered about restlessly.The Inn at the Red Oak
The sleigh was far in advance, and there were no witnesses on the white topped hills.A Woman Intervenes
- another name for sledge 1 (def. 1)
- (intr) to travel by sleigh
Word Origin for sleigh
"vehicle mounted on runners for use on ice and snow," 1703, American and Canadian English, from Dutch slee, shortened from slede (see sled (n.)). As a verb from 1728. Related: Sleighing. Sleigh-ride is first recorded 1770; sleigh-bells is from c.1780; they originally were used to give warning of the approach of a sleigh.