Definition of carriage in English:

carriage

noun

  • 1British Any of the separate sections of a train that carry passengers:

    ‘the first-class carriages’
    • ‘The Christmas train consisted of modern passenger carriages, generator cars and a caboose, with a diesel switch engine on either end.’
    • ‘In its heyday, Swindon works employed more than 16,000 people, overhauling locomotives and carriages for the Great Western Railway and later for British Rail.’
    • ‘Two train carriages and an engine stand at the platform of what was once Hawes Station and is now one end of the museum.’
    • ‘More importantly, perhaps, the technology would allow people to use phones in places such as train carriages, cinemas or libraries without disturbing others.’
    • ‘The first 12 train carriages for the high-speed railway arrived at Kaohsiung Harbor yesterday.’
    • ‘It was the fault of a vehicle falling off the bridge onto the railway, which caused a freight train to crash into a passenger carriage.’
    • ‘But it was a busy train, and the carriage did not stay private for long.’
    • ‘The boat trains and beautiful Pullman carriages are now replaced by the Eurostar.’
    • ‘At the meeting, it was stated that there would be a further inspection of the carriages, locomotives and railway tracks.’
    • ‘Only a single carriage on each train contains an access point, so participants should reserve a seat in that coach, the company suggests.’
    • ‘The new railcars are more easily accessible than the current train carriages.’
    • ‘There are also new power sockets in both first class and standard carriages for passengers to recharge mobiles and laptops, improved luggage storage and completely refitted toilets.’
    • ‘It was a train - a passenger carriage, decked in nothing but black and white.’
    • ‘So that's how I ended up in a deserted carriage on a 6am train to Brighton.’
    • ‘The appellant was convicted of smoking in a railway carriage, in breach of a by-law made by British Railways in 1965.’
    • ‘The steam locomotive was travelling backwards from Rawtenstall to Ramsbottom, pulling three carriages carrying 20 passengers.’
    • ‘Take time to stroll through the acres of woodland to the rear of the building itself, complete with steam train, carriages and a children's enchanted island with miniature houses.’
    • ‘Converted from five antique Pullman rail carriages, The Sidings Hotel and Restaurant cuts a distinctive figure on the edge of the East Coast Main Line.’
    • ‘However, I still defend my right to smoke in some public places, and am strongly in favour of smoking and non-smoking areas in pubs, restaurants and railway carriages.’
    • ‘Hundreds of rail enthusiasts have helped to secure the future of a Royal Train carriage at the National Railway Museum in York.’
    1. 1.1 A four-wheeled passenger vehicle pulled by two or more horses:
      ‘a horse-drawn carriage’
      • ‘Most people were walking around on the streets, with only a few on horses and horse-drawn carriages.’
      • ‘A covered carriage with sled runners pulled by four strong horses is awaiting its passengers.’
      • ‘As it approached James fired a warning shot in the air, which erupted with a loud bang that echoed through the trees, and the horses pulling the carriage reared and it came to a halt.’
      • ‘They were among fifteen tourists hurt when the horses pulling their carriages bolted unexpectedly during a tour of the Briksdal glacier in Stryn, western Norway, on Monday.’
      • ‘Earlier in the evening, students had arrived for the black tie event in limousines and horse drawn carriages before being taken to Cheltenham.’
      • ‘They probably did, as they cursed the puddles and horse dung and dodged the horse-drawn carriages and drays.’
      • ‘She was among 15 tourists hurt when a convoy of horses pulling carriages along the steep mountain paths from the glacier bolted unexpectedly, throwing the passengers to the ground.’
      • ‘Even as I watched, the metal gate about thirty yards away from me swung open and a carriage pulled by four brown horses entered.’
      • ‘Two horses were pulling the carriage but Jok was not guiding them.’
      • ‘Two open carriages each pulled by a pair of placid horses had begun to make their parking lot rounds when I sat down.’
      • ‘One-horse carts or carriages pulled by four or five horses went back and forth in clouds of yellow dust.’
      • ‘Slowly, over the hill came a carriage being pulled by two large brown horses.’
      • ‘The carriage was pulled along the cobbled pathway, the horses working their way up a slight hill.’
      • ‘Overworked horses pulling carriages laden with tourists trot frantically up the hill as the fierce morning sun beats down.’
      • ‘Twelve horses pulled the magnificent carriage across the road and through puddles of mud of varying size and depth.’
      • ‘A couple have told how they are lucky to be alive after a horse pulling their carriage ran amok and started a stampede during a holiday pleasure trip.’
      • ‘On the left, there is a horse-drawn carriage, minus the horses.’
      • ‘There were seven people sitting in the carriage being pulled by four proud horses.’
      • ‘For instance, most English city streets were built when ‘traffic’ consisted of small carriages pulled by skinny horses.’
      • ‘The horse then began to pull the carriage away, and it was only a few seconds before they were out of my sight.’
      wagon, hackney, hansom, gig, landau, trap, caravan, car
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    2. 1.2 A wheeled support for moving a heavy object such as a gun:
      ‘a US army howitzer and carriage’
      • ‘The guns were so designed as to produce almost no recoil and thus they could do without heavy carriages.’
      • ‘The weapon carriage is lightweight welded aluminum, mounted on a variable recoil mechanism.’
      • ‘The carriage supports the weapon in the firing and traveling positions.’
  • 2British [mass noun] The conveying of goods or passengers from one place to another:

    ‘the carriage of bikes on public transport’
    • ‘I remember, one of the regulations before a dog would be accepted for carriage was it had to have a muzzle attached to its collar and chain so that the dog could be muzzled if it happened to turn nasty.’
    • ‘Also, make sure that you have the paperwork to prove that you've paid for it's carriage otherwise you might find that it's not going on the plane.’
    • ‘The licence that is pleaded is a licence under the State Act which is only required for intrastate carriage.’
    • ‘The rolling stock will be provided by the company and meets all European standards for carriage of passengers.’
    • ‘The high and uncertain cost of carriage by pack train encouraged demands for the introduction of speedier and more flexible means of transport.’
    • ‘That is no reason why a contract should not subsequently be made to include an obligation of proper carriage from the commencement of the voyage.’
    • ‘These include regulations regarding carriage and use of fuel cells on airplanes and other forms of public transport.’
    • ‘Small (four-seat) and expensive, they offered carriage at speed and cost two to three times that by stage wagon.’
    • ‘It may be that in a few years the letter rate will be meaningless, as nobody sends letters anymore, and the other rates simply reflect the cost of carriage.’
    • ‘Applying this test, it is clear that an arbitration clause is not directly relevant to the shipment, carriage and delivery of goods.’
    • ‘Amtrak also competes with Greyhound and other private bus lines in passenger carriage.’
    transport, transportation, conveyance, transfer, transference, delivery, distribution, carrying, transmission, movement, haulage, freight, freightage, portage, cartage, shipment
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    1. 2.1 The harbouring of a potentially disease-causing organism by a person or animal that does not contract the disease.
      • ‘Breakthrough infections and chronic carriage were clearly and strongly related to peak antibody concentrations.’
      • ‘The organism is cleared efficiently after a short duration of carriage.’
      • ‘The likelihood that antibiotic use will, in the short term, result in carriage of a resistant organism needs to be built into clinical decision making.’
      • ‘Nasal carriage of organisms may predispose to recurrent infection in an individual.’
      • ‘However, if true vaccine failures and carriage rates increase over the next few years, then a booster dose may be necessary.’
  • 3A moving part of a machine that carries other parts into the required position:

    ‘a typewriter carriage’
    • ‘In assembly, where practically every operation is manual, engines shuttle down the line on carriages that swivel to allow workers easy access from any angle.’
    • ‘This also means swiveling around the sliding carriage that holds the file, and duplicating the angles you used earlier.’
  • 4[in singular] A person's bearing or deportment:

    ‘her carriage was graceful, her movements quick and deft’
    • ‘The other was perhaps no older than me, but with a bearing and carriage of a great Lady.’
    • ‘The man who had just spoken was a slender one, fair of feature, and his carriage was bold as he approached my position.’
    • ‘This is a broad definition, encompassing essentially the whole carriage and deportment of the body.’
    • ‘He had very handsome features with a strong muscular frame, tall and strong-limbed with graceful carriage and dignified bearing.’
    • ‘He was no older than myself but he had the bearing and carriage of a full grown man.’
    • ‘Her carriage was royal, and her bearing haughty and most formal.’
    posture, bearing, stance, gait, comportment
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old Northern French cariage, from carier (see carry).

Pronunciation:

carriage

/ˈkarɪdʒ/