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canter

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noun cant·er \ˈkan-tər\

Definition of canter

  1. :  one who uses cant: as a :  beggar, vagabond b :  a user of professional or religious cant



1609

First Known Use of canter

1609

Rhymes with canter


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canter

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verb can·ter \ˈkan-tər\

Simple Definition of canter

  • of a horse : to run fairly fast : to run at a canter

  • : to ride on a horse that is running fairly fast : to ride a horse at a canter

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of canter

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to move at or as if at a canter :  lope

  3. 2 :  to ride a horse at a canter

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to cause to go at a canter

Examples of canter in a sentence

  1. The horses cantered across the grass.

  2. We cantered off toward the lake.



Origin and Etymology of canter

short for obsolete canterbury, noun (canter), from Canterbury, England; from the supposed gait of pilgrims riding to Canterbury


First Known Use: 1706

Other Equestrian Terms


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canter

noun can·ter

Definition of canter

  1. 1 :  a 3-beat gait resembling but smoother and slower than the gallop

  2. 2 :  a ride at a canter



1755

First Known Use of canter

1755

Other Equestrian Terms


CANTER Defined for Kids

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canter

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noun can·ter \ˈkan-tər\

Definition of canter for Students

  1. :  a horse's gait resembling but slower than a gallop




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canter

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verb cant·er

Definition of canter for Students

cantered

cantering

  1. :  to run with a movement that resembles but is slower than a gallop <Below he saw the Black cantering along the beach. — Walter Farley, The Black Stallion>





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