canter

noun (1)
cant·​er | \ ˈkan-tər How to pronounce canter (audio) \

Definition of canter

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

canter

verb
can·​ter | \ ˈkan-tər How to pronounce canter (audio) \
cantered; cantering; canters

Definition of canter (Entry 2 of 3)

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

canter

noun (2)
can·​ter | \ ˈkan-tər How to pronounce canter (audio) \

Definition of canter (Entry 3 of 3)

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

Examples of canter in a Sentence

Verb The horses cantered across the grass. We cantered off toward the lake.

First Known Use of canter

Noun (1)

1609, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1706, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun (2)

1755, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for canter

Verb

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

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“Canter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/canter. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for canter

canter

verb

English Language Learners 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

canter

noun
can·​ter | \ ˈkan-tər How to pronounce canter (audio) \

Kids Definition of canter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

canter

verb
cantered; cantering

Kids Definition of canter (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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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