carriage

noun
car·​riage | \ ˈker-ij, ˈka-rij\
plural carriages

Definition of carriage 

1a : a wheeled vehicle especially : a horse-drawn vehicle designed for private use and comfort
b British : a railway passenger coach
2 : a wheeled support carrying a burden
3a : manner of bearing the body : posture that slender unrigid erectness and the fine carriage of head— Willa Cather
b archaic : deportment
4 : the act of carrying
5 : a movable part of a machine for supporting some other movable object or part a typewriter carriage
6 chiefly British : the price or expense of carrying
7 medical : the condition of harboring a pathogen within the body Clinical manifestations of enterovirus infections are protean, ranging from asymptomatic carriage to life-threatening illness.Journal of the American Medical Association Hospitals commonly screen patients in the ICU for nasal carriage of MRSA and use contact precautions with carriers.— Susan S. Huang et al.
8 archaic : management
9 obsolete : burden, load
10 obsolete : import, sense
11 obsolete : a hanger for a sword

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Synonyms for carriage

Synonyms

equipage, rig

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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

Examples of carriage in a Sentence

They rode to the city in carriages. I took the baby to the park in the carriage.

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In the Marble Hall, there are three large fir trees decked out in crown and carriage ornaments, as well as ornate garlands. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Inside the Queen’s Annual Christmas Lunch at Buckingham Palace," 19 Dec. 2018 That means all of the progress touted by USTelecom happened while ISPs faced common carriage regulation including net neutrality rules that prohibited blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "AT&T/Verizon lobby misunderstands arrow of time, makes impossible claim," 6 Dec. 2018 Case in point: on Tuesday, the 97-year-old Duke was spotted carriage riding on the grounds of Windsor Castle. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Why Prince Philip Wasn't in Attendance at This Morning's National Service of Remembrance," 11 Nov. 2018 The two have organized a weekend of activities, seminars, and spa treatments — from princess carriage rides to ocean express facials. Alexis Jones, Woman's Day, "This Couple Is Giving Breast Cancer Survivors a Place to Call Paradise," 28 Sep. 2018 But something about a long shot of Ms. Bensimon trotting in front of a yellow cab in the middle of Fifth Avenue like a carriage horse makes perfect sense. Alison Leiby, The Cut, "I Think About This a Lot: Kelly Bensimon Running Behind a Cab," 9 July 2018 Without a free pass to pollute, the carriage operators who had been leaving dead horses in the streets were at a disadvantage when a new technology came along that didn’t produce piles of manure and leave carcasses behind. Nathanael Johnson, WIRED, "Where Can Climate Activists Find Common Ground?," 9 July 2018 Those carriages replaced others that first came into service in 1941. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "All About the Royal Train That Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth Are Sleeping Aboard Tonight," 13 June 2018 Sunrise Lane also includes a carriage house and greenhouse on the property, all listed for $560,000. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired ‘parallelogram’ house asks $560K," 3 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of carriage

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

History and Etymology for carriage

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

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The first known use of carriage was in the 14th century

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carriage

noun

English Language Learners 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

carriage

noun
car·​riage | \ ˈker-ij \

Kids Definition of carriage

1 : a vehicle with wheels used for carrying people
2 : a support with wheels used for carrying a load a gun carriage
3 : a movable part of a machine that carries or supports some other moving part
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

carriage

noun
car·​riage | \ ˈkar-ij \

Medical Definition of carriage 

: 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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