Definition of carriole in English:


(also cariole)


  • 1historical A small open horse-drawn carriage for one person.

    • ‘As dusk drew near there was a general handshaking, and the carrioles scurried off along the highway.’
    • ‘After the interminable drive in the carriole over the jolting roads they had reached Nevers when the sun was already high in the heavens.’
    • ‘On arriving at the station we secured rooms and our two carrioles were put into the coach-house.’
    • ‘When the clashes broke out my brother insisted on returning the cariole to its owner.’
    • ‘Horses and oxen could be attached to sleighs, carioles, fledges, and the like, to bring them long distances over the frozen waterways and icy ground.’
    1. 1.1 A light covered cart.
  • 2(in Canada) a kind of sled pulled by a horse or dogs and with space for one or more passengers.

    • ‘Our visitor had travelled in a dog cariole.’
    • ‘Kane made a sketch of this 1848 dog train that shows both sledges and carioles.’
    • ‘He travelled as far west as Jasper House, carrying his cumbersome large-format camera and glass plates on the dog carioles shown in this photograph.’
    • ‘The dogs soon stopped, the cariole was righted, and the two unfortunates laughed out of all countenance.’
    • ‘The road passes through beautiful, wild scenery and twice crosses the glacier and on busy days, up to 40 sturdy little Fjord horses pulling traditional cariole carts carry visitors.’


Mid 18th century: from French, from Italian carriuola, diminutive of carro, from Latin carrum (see car).