One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A two-wheeled vehicle drawn by horses, used in ancient racing and warfare.
- ‘He expresses the desire to retreat and Aeneas chastises him offering his own chariot as a vehicle.’
- ‘The moons of Mars are named for the mythical horses that drew the chariot of Mars, the god of war.’
- ‘As we moved through the shadows, we slipped into an ancient world of horses, chariots and camels.’
- ‘Morgan emphasizes that these scenes show horses and chariots, the earliest such representations in fresco.’
- ‘They imported chariots and horses from Egypt and traded them on to the Neo-Hittite and Aramean kingdoms to their north and northeast.’
2historical A four-wheeled carriage with back seats and a coachman's seat.
- ‘Also featured is a four-wheeled Thracian chariot.’
- ‘Arriving and departing for the wedding the bride and groom looked gleeful in their horse drawn chariot with driver in full regale.’
- ‘We see men herding horses and driving horse-drawn chariots.’
- ‘No one had yet thought to build chariots or ride horses.’
- ‘These were two horse chariots which carried a driver and bowman.’
3literary A stately or triumphal carriage.
- ‘We reached the gate, where an elegant chariot pulled by two horses stood, and the pharaoh stood beside them.’
- ‘When he picked the man up, he arrived in a horse drawn chariot, which he drove himself.’
- ‘If they rode in on a real horse, I had a golden chariot drawn by two horses.’
Convey in or as in a chariot.‘he was charioted into the Temple’
- ‘Houses are being broken into and sacked, people are injuring each other indiscriminantly, and decent folks are charioting themselves out of town with scant success.’
- ‘His body was unmarked and perfected from combat and charioting.’
Late Middle English: from Old French, augmentative of char ‘cart’, based on Latin carrus ‘wheeled vehicle’.
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