One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A light, open, two-wheeled carriage pulled by two horses side by side.
- ‘Riding with him, even in an open curricle, would scarcely be less damaging to her reputation.’
- ‘As the coach whizzed by, its back wheel clipped the edge of the curricle, tipping it nearly on its side.’
- ‘By now I had steered the curricle onto a fairly deserted lane.’
- ‘The last one was the worst for a wheel completely came off and threw the curricle off to the side of the road.’
- ‘They unharnessed the horses and pulled his curricle away to celebrate.’
Mid 18th century: from Latin curriculum ‘course, racing chariot’, from currere ‘to run’.
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