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noun car·riage \ˈker-ij, ˈka-rij\

Simple Definition of carriage

  • : a large vehicle with four wheels that is pulled by a horse and that carries people

  • : a wheeled structure that is used to carry and move something heavy (such as a large gun)

  • : a separate section of a train

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of carriage

  1. 1 :  the act of carrying

  2. 2 a archaic :  deportment b :  manner of bearing the body :  posture

  3. 3 archaic :  management

  4. 4 chiefly British :  the price or expense of carrying

  5. 5 obsolete :  burden, load

  6. 6 a :  a wheeled vehicle; especially :  a horse-drawn vehicle designed for private use and comfort b British :  a railway passenger coach

  7. 7 :  a wheeled support carrying a burden

  8. 8 obsolete :  import, sense

  9. 9 obsolete :  a hanger for a sword

  10. 10 :  a movable part of a machine for supporting some other movable object or part <a typewriter carriage>

Examples of carriage in a sentence

  1. They rode to the city in carriages.

  2. I took the baby to the park in the carriage.

Origin of carriage

Middle English cariage, from Anglo-French, from carier to transport — more at carry

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of carriage

bearing, deportment, demeanor, mien, manner, carriage mean the outward manifestation of personality or attitude. bearing is the most general of these words but now usually implies characteristic posture <a woman of regal bearing>. deportment suggests actions or behavior as formed by breeding or training <your deportment was atrocious>. demeanor suggests one's attitude toward others as expressed in outward behavior <the haughty demeanor of the headwaiter>. mien is a literary term referring both to bearing and demeanor <a mien of supreme self-satisfaction>. manner implies characteristic or customary way of moving and gesturing and addressing others <the imperious manner of a man used to giving orders>. carriage applies chiefly to habitual posture in standing or walking <the kind of carriage learned at boarding school>.

Rhymes with carriage

CARRIAGE Defined for Kids


noun car·riage \ˈker-ij\

Definition of carriage for Students

  1. 1 :  a vehicle with wheels used for carrying people

  2. 2 :  a support with wheels used for carrying a load <a gun carriage>

  3. 3 :  a movable part of a machine that carries or supports some other moving part

  4. 4 :  the manner of holding the body :  posture <… something in both his color and carriage had always made Johnny think of Rab. — Esther Forbes, Johnny Tremain>

Medical Dictionary


noun car·riage \ˈkar-ij\

Medical Definition of carriage

  1. :  the condition of harboring a pathogen within the body <immunization against hepatitis B reduced the rate of HBV carriage> <asymptomatic carriage of the pneumococcus in the nasopharynx>

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