car·​riage | \ ˈker-ij How to pronounce carriage (audio) , 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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Princess Diana wearing the Spencer tiara in a carriage returning to Buckingham Palace after her wedding in 1981. Leah Dolan, CNN, 23 May 2022 In one scene, a teenage Hansu, hidden in a horse carriage, watches in terror as a group of vigilantes set a barn housing Koreans ablaze. Jessica Wang,, 22 Apr. 2022 Particularly American leaders leading the country most erect in carriage as this horrid war ended? John Tamny, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 At five minutes to eight on Tuesday evening, an Israeli teacher was on an evening stroll, pushing his baby son in a carriage. New York Times, 30 Mar. 2022 Mila, 3, the other child in the carriage, takes a walk outside with her dad, Stas Sachno, 36. Loveday Morris And Anastacia Galouchka, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Mar. 2022 Mila, 3, the other child in the carriage, takes a walk outside with her dad, Stas Sachno, 36. Washington Post, 21 Mar. 2022 All aboard on one of the train rides from the Stockyards, or travel vintage style in a carriage or stagecoach ride. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 18 Mar. 2022 Selena pictured in a carriage during a performance at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo at the Houston Astrodome, Houston, Texas, February 26, 1995. Christopher Brito, CBS News, 15 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of carriage

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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28 May 2022

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“Carriage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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car·​riage | \ ˈker-ij How to pronounce carriage (audio) \

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


car·​riage | \ ˈkar-ij How to pronounce carriage (audio) \

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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