• synonyms


  1. seated or riding on a horse or other animal.
  2. serving on horseback or on some special mount, as soldiers or police.
  3. Military. (formerly) permanently equipped with horses or vehicles for transport.Compare mobile(def 4).
  4. having or set in a mounting: mounted gems.
  5. put into position for use, as guns.
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Origin of mounted

First recorded in 1575–85; mount1 + -ed2
Related formsun·mount·ed, adjectivewell-mount·ed, adjective


1. afoot.
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Examples from the Web for well-mounted

Historical Examples

  • No; they are well-mounted; they know the country, and they have the start.

    Gil the Gunner

    George Manville Fenn

  • They numbered about one hundred well-mounted and well-armed men.

    The Mission; or Scenes in Africa

    Captain Frederick Marryat

  • Well-mounted as were myself and companions, we were unable to overtake them.

  • I call that the land for horses where the cavalry's well-mounted on a native breed.'

  • According to his report, it was a war party of but forty well-mounted Cheyenne.

British Dictionary definitions for well-mounted


  1. equipped with or riding horsesmounted police
  2. provided with a support, backing, etc
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Word Origin and History for well-mounted



1580s, "on horseback," past participle adjective from mount (v.). From 1854 as "set up for display."

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