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warhorse

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noun war·horse \-ˌhȯrs\

Simple Definition of warhorse

  • : a person with a lot of experience in a field; especially : a soldier or politician who has served for a long time

  • : something (such as a work of art or musical composition) that has become very familiar because it has been played, shown, or seen many times

  • : a large horse used in war

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of warhorse

  1. 1 :  a horse used in war :  charger

  2. 2 :  a person with long experience in a field; especially :  a veteran soldier or public person (as a politician)

  3. 3 :  something (as a work of art or musical composition) that has become overly familiar or hackneyed due to much repetition in the standard repertoire

Examples of warhorse in a sentence

  1. the Democratic warhorse in the Senate

  2. a general who describes himself as an old warhorse

  3. a new production of an old warhorse



15th Century

First Known Use of warhorse

15th century


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