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canter

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noun cant·er \ ˈkan-tər \

Definition of canter

:one who uses cant: such as
b :a user of professional or religious cant

First Known Use of canter

1609


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canter

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verb can·ter \ ˈkan-tər \

Definition of canter

intransitive verb
1 :to move at or as if at a canter :lope
2 :to ride a horse at a canter
transitive verb
: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

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canter

noun can·ter

Definition of canter

1 :a 3-beat gait resembling but smoother and slower than the gallop
2 :a ride at a canter

First Known Use of canter

1755

Other Equestrian Terms


CANTER Defined for English Language Learners

canter

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verb

Definition of canter for English Language Learners

  • 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


CANTER Defined for Kids

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canter

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noun can·ter \ ˈkan-tər \

Definition of canter for Students

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

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canter

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Definition of canter for Students

cantered; cantering
: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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