[ stee-puh l-cheys ]
/ ˈsti pəlˌtʃeɪs /


a horse race over a turf course furnished with artificial ditches, hedges, and other obstacles over which the horses must jump.
a point-to-point race.
a foot race run on a cross-country course or over a course having obstacles, as ditches, hurdles, or the like, which the runners must clear.

verb (used without object), stee·ple·chased, stee·ple·chasing.

to ride or run in a steeplechase.

Origin of steeplechase

1795–1805; steeple + chase1; so called because the course was kept by sighting a church steeple

OTHER WORDS FROM steeplechase

stee·ple·chas·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for steeplechaser (1 of 2)

/ (ˈstiːpəlˌtʃeɪsə) /


a horse or an athlete that takes part in steeplechases

British Dictionary definitions for steeplechaser (2 of 2)

/ (ˈstiːpəlˌtʃeɪs) /


a horse race over a course equipped with obstacles to be jumped, esp artificial hedges, ditches, water jumps, etc
a track race, usually of 3000 metres, in which the runners have to leap hurdles, a water jump, etc
  1. a horse race across a stretch of open countryside including obstacles to be jumped
  2. a rare word for point-to-point


(intr) to take part in a steeplechase

Derived forms of steeplechase

steeplechasing, noun

Word Origin for steeplechase

C19: so called because it originally took place cross-country, with a church tower serving as a landmark to guide the riders
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