Definition of equestrian in English:



  • 1Relating to horse riding.

    ‘his amazing equestrian skills’
    • ‘She told them that her sister liked horses and was on an equestrian team.’
    • ‘Laurel called to them, speaking of their snooty old riding instructor at the equestrian academy the girls had attended together most of their lives.’
    • ‘Also placing the International Sport Horse Show on the equestrian map was the staging of a top-class showjumping grand prix on Saturday.’
    • ‘In fact, when we moved to California, I also tried gymnastics and competed in equestrian riding for many years.’
    • ‘But by 300 BC, these tribes had acquired horses and used their equestrian skills to develop very effective cavalry tactics.’
    • ‘Due to Australia's immigration laws for horses, the 1956 equestrian events were held separately in Stockholm.’
    • ‘Active in many sports, Reeve owned several horses and competed in equestrian events regularly.’
    • ‘With Schumann, Ullrich and the equestrian dressage team, the Germans had their best day of the Games with three gold medals to lift spirits deflated by a below-par Olympics so far.’
    • ‘Horse breeding and equestrian sports have always been recognised by the society as an integral part of this activity.’
    • ‘Besides dog and cat events, 2004's exhibition sees the introduction of equestrian stands which will promote responsible horse care and give a greater insight into equestrian sports.’
    • ‘Moreover, those responsible for the more traditional equestrian sports may have feared losing players to one that is particularly exciting to play as well as to watch.’
    • ‘It was at school that she discovered she shared her parents' interest in horses and equestrian sports, as well as other sports like field hockey and gymnastics.’
    • ‘His farming enterprises are a herd of suckler cows and horses, which compete in the equestrian sport of eventing up to and including international level.’
    • ‘The monarch, an equestrian sports fan, was taking a carriage ride through the forest near Windsor Castle when she came upon a clearing that looked perfect for racing.’
    • ‘The most disciplined and demanding equestrian sport, dressage, was in its full glory at Woorree Park at the weekend.’
    • ‘Polo is a highly demanding equestrian sport that combines the skills of the rider and the performance of the horse.’
    • ‘This game is on the increase and is certainly a very interesting equestrian sport.’
    • ‘Anything we can do to raise awareness of equestrian sport will be beneficial.’
    • ‘From age five until 12 she was learning equestrian riding.’
    • ‘To join the unit, officers undergo a basic six-month training course, which includes equestrian skills and looking after the horses.’
    1. 1.1Depicting or representing a person on horseback.
      ‘an equestrian statue’
      • ‘For honorific statues of emperors and mortals, Romans could be portrayed in togas, in military garb, as naked or half-draped figures after Greek prototypes, or on horseback in equestrian statues.’
      • ‘The equestrian statue in Union Square and triumphal arch in Washington Square Park were adorned with flags and peace signs.’
      • ‘Politically, his instincts were those of a cavalry officer - to ride straight at the enemy - and his statue in Hanover is very properly an equestrian one.’
      • ‘This large area, complete with the obligatory equestrian statue (this one is of King Jose I), provides a formal entrance to the city from the river.’
      • ‘If we are separated we meet at the equestrian statue on James Square at noon precisely.’
      • ‘Thompson's last monument is his only equestrian statue.’
      • ‘In this room, the typology of a place royale was established: the organised, uniform square with a central equestrian statue of the sovereign in the centre.’
      • ‘But standing before an equestrian statue of Carlos III, he wonders: " What am I supposed to do here?’
      • ‘And indeed, next to an equestrian statue, a giant candle has been draped in the stars and stripes and surrounded by small candles, messages and bunches of flowers.’
      • ‘In Union Square, the biggest rally gathered beneath an equestrian statue scaled by mourners, draped with American flags and covered with the word ‘Peace’, in chalk.’
      • ‘In Morocco itself his equestrian statue stands just inside the grounds of the French Consulate General in Casablanca surveying the busy main square but safe from the attentions of the crowds.’
      • ‘The world's only two-legged equestrian statue has been pushed and pulled almost off its plinth.’
      • ‘Wooden benches set in the shade of huge old live oaks surround the bronze equestrian statue of General Andrew Jackson that dominates the centre of the square.’
      • ‘Outside his church of St Sophia an equestrian statue showed Justinian in military costume, pointing his hand eastwards.’
      • ‘The Bannockburn Heritage Centre, close to the Glasgow Road and run by the National Trust for Scotland, has the famous equestrian statue of Bruce and an audio-visual show and display material.’
    2. 1.2(in ancient Rome) relatinɡ or belonɡinɡ to the wealthy class known as the equites (see equites)
      • ‘As the son of an old equestrian family, Ovid was sent to Rome for his education.’
      • ‘Marius now intrigued against Metellus among his equestrian and Italian friends in Africa and Rome and won election for 107 by playing on suspicions of the aristocracy.’
      • ‘A member of the equestrian order, he had made a fortune in finance and investing.’
      • ‘In AD 6, having completed his service as an equestrian officer, he returned briefly to Rome and was elected quaestor for AD 7.’
      • ‘The situation was saved by Gaius Marius (c.157-86 B.C.), a man born into a family recently admitted to equestrian status but who was politically well-connected.’
      • ‘Although born into the equestrian class, Lucius Aelius Sejanus had become the first citizen of Rome in everything but title.’


  • 1A rider or performer on horseback.

    • ‘Trail rules require that bikers yield to hikers and equestrians.’
    • ‘Garrs End Lane is a quiet, safe, level walk well suited to mothers with young children, cyclists, the elderly, the infirm and equestrians and is very popular with residents and visitors alike.’
    • ‘Making the cloth on one of the museum's looms will help to reduce costs for equestrians.’
    • ‘There is something deeply surreal about sitting in a bar in Bilbao and watching Australian equestrians compete in the Olympics with the commentary in Spanish.’
    • ‘Horse cookies make a wonderful gift for other equestrians on your shopping list, so be creative this holiday season!’
    • ‘One study, conducted in 1994 in Montana, tracked 100 passages by hikers, bikers, equestrians and motorcyclists over control plots on two trails in national forests.’
    • ‘A NEW road surface in Grassington is proving too smooth a ride for local equestrians who fear a serious accident could be imminent.’
    • ‘One of Brazil's top equestrians, he was a member of the Brazilian showjumping team that won a bronze medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and another in 2000 in Sydney.’
    • ‘The riders all are life-long equestrians with from 12-30 years in endurance competitions.’
    • ‘Be prepared to meet fellow equestrians on these popular trails.’
    • ‘The riding school provides group and individual classes for equestrians of all ages and abilities who get to saddle up one of 11 horses and ponies.’
    • ‘Each year, equestrians from all across the United States participate in horse shows to qualify to compete at Washington.’
    • ‘At Lake Oroville, State Parks initiated a public process where hikers, equestrians, bicyclists and other stakeholders could participate in decision-making.’
    • ‘I can't assign you a horse straight up, but I can sense what kind of horse would be good for which rider, although I often let the more experienced equestrians pick for themselves.’
    • ‘Speedway lore dates the races to early last century, when black stable hands who worked for wealthy equestrians would bring their mounts here for a little weekend racing.’
    • ‘The popular show features talented equestrians who, with their American Paint Horses, vie for more than $264,000 in prize money and prestigious World Championship titles.’
    • ‘The equestrians now have a nice place to ride as the Houston Airport System has done a number of improvements on the land to encourage daily use by the Airport Rangers.’
    • ‘Trails are open to hiking, biking, skating, and equestrians.’
    • ‘Mountain bikers should work with hikers and equestrians.’
    • ‘It's such a rugged topography that equestrians generally don't bother.’
    horseman, horsewoman, rider, horse rider, jockey
    cavalryman, trooper
    hussar, cavalier
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    1. 1.1(in ancient Rome) a member of the equites (see equites)
      • ‘The officers were drawn from citizens who were enrolled as patricians of senatorial rank or equestrians, also known as knights.’
      • ‘The Senate, the voice of the aristocrats and equestrians, contended with the plebian masses for control of Rome, and directed the generals in foreign policy.’
      • ‘Some Roman citizens were very clearly distinguished by their power and privilege: these were the senators, equestrians and the provincial elite.’


Mid 17th century (as an adjective): from Latin equester belonging to a horseman (from eques horseman, knight from equus horse) + -ian.