Definition of carriole in US 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.’
    • ‘On arriving at the station we secured rooms and our two carrioles were put into the coach-house.’
    • ‘After the interminable drive in the carriole over the jolting roads they had reached Nevers when the sun was already high in the heavens.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When the clashes broke out my brother insisted on returning the cariole to its owner.’
    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.

    • ‘Kane made a sketch of this 1848 dog train that shows both sledges and carioles.’
    • ‘Our visitor had travelled in a dog cariole.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


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