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 There is an estate house, a carriage house and a second lot with old cars on it. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Historic Carlsbad home could be lost," 21 Mar. 2021 In the course of his travels, Kidd comes across a carriage accident and finds a 10-year-old girl (Helena Zengel) peeking out from the wreckage. Justin Chang Film Critic, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘News of the World,’ Paul Greengrass’ odd-couple western, is an admirable but bumpy ride," 11 Dec. 2020 The details: This waterfront estate includes three lots on nearly eight acres with a Tudor mansion and carriage house renovated to retain an early 20th-century feel. Russell Blair,, "These are the 10 most expensive homes sold in Connecticut in 2020 — and they weren’t all in Fairfield County," 11 Mar. 2021 On one of the city’s busiest thoroughfares, this NoPa home is a cozy Victorian carriage house tucked in the back of a double lot, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and parking spaces for two cars. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, "S.F. versus Sacramento: What type of home can you buy for under $1 million?," 27 Feb. 2021 In addition to the wall of paned windows overlooking a carriage house, chevron flooring was installed. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "Inside a Sun-Drenched Kitchen By Brooklyn Home Company," 19 Feb. 2021 In 1837, Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren rode together in a carriage to the Capitol for the inauguration, the first time that a departing president joined his successor. New York Times, "Who Was the First New President to …?," 18 Jan. 2021 Andrew Johnson scheduled a Cabinet meeting during Ulysses Grant's inauguration in 1869 to avoid sharing a carriage with the president-elect. Douglas Casson, Star Tribune, "Pence's presence Wednesday will affirm democracy," 16 Jan. 2021 The building was then used as a carriage house and included a large platform elevator that hauled horses and carriages up and down. Megan Barber, Curbed, "A Waterfall Wall in a Lower East Side Carriage House," 12 Jan. 2021

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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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29 Mar 2021

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“Carriage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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)
British : a separate section of a train


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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