noun \ˈbrī-dəl\

: a device that fits on a horse's head and that is used for guiding and controlling the horse

Full Definition of BRIDLE

:  the headgear with which a horse is governed and which carries a bit and reins
:  a length of line or cable attached to two parts of something to spread the force of a pull; especially :  rigging on a kite for attaching line
:  curb, restraint <set a bridle on his power>

Origin of BRIDLE

Middle English bridel, from Old English brīdel; akin to Old English bregdan to move quickly — more at braid
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Equestrian Terms

canter, cantle, curry, farrier, hunter, paddock, router, skirt, tack

Rhymes with BRIDLE



: to put a bridle on (a horse)

: to react in an angry way

bri·dledbri·dling \ˈbrīd-liŋ, ˈbrī-dəl-iŋ\

Full Definition of BRIDLE

transitive verb
:  to put a bridle on
:  to restrain, check, or control with or as if with a bridle <bridle your tongue>
intransitive verb
:  to show hostility or resentment (as to an affront to one's pride or dignity) especially by drawing back the head and chin

Examples of BRIDLE

  1. <try to bridle your criticism next time so that it is helpful and not hurtful>

First Known Use of BRIDLE

before 12th century

Rhymes with BRIDLE


noun \ˈbrīd-əl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BRIDLE


Next Word in the Dictionary: bridle cable
Previous Word in the Dictionary: bridging species
All Words Near: bridle

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up bridle? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).