carriage

noun
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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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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The service was followed by carriage rides out of the chapel and up the hill back to the state apartments. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Kate Middleton Is Elegant in Black-and-White Look to Support Prince William at Order of the Garter," 17 June 2019 In fact, the entire carriage ride, both Harry and Meghan were beaming. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Couldn't Stop Staring at Meghan Markle at Trooping the Colour," 8 June 2019 Thomas and Ella won't have a carriage ride like Meghan or Eugenie did, but the happy couple and their guests will reportedly continue today's celebration at a reception at Frogmore House. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "See Every Gorgeous Photo of Lady Gabriella Windsor in Her Wedding Dress," 18 May 2019 Two men tried to shoot her in 1842, and in 1849, her carriage was attacked by William Hamilton, an unemployed Irish immigrant who later pled guilty to the crime and was banished for seven years, History reports. Chanel Vargas, Town & Country, "15 Fascinating Facts You Didn't Know About Queen Victoria," 8 Jan. 2019 Pipers from the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland played bagpipes as the couple climbed into their waiting carriage. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Princess Eugenie Wears Peter Pilotto to Wed Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle," 12 Oct. 2018 Passengers dressed for the autumn heat trickle onto the platform, where staff in high-collared gray silk uniforms hand people into their carriages. Jo Rodgers, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Romantic Way to Get From Singapore to Bangkok," 7 Sep. 2018 Unlike last year's nuptials, this one will be a private event, a Buckingham Palace source previously told People, so expect to see only photos of guests arriving and leaving — no carriage processional or livestream of the ceremony. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Who Is Lady Gabriella Windsor? Everything You Need to Know About Her and Her Royal Wedding," 26 Apr. 2019 The 97-year-old was spotted on Thursday of this week, carriage driving around the grounds of Windsor Castle. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "At 97, Prince Philip Is Still Carriage Driving Around the Grounds of Windsor Castle," 5 Apr. 2019

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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)
British : a separate section of a train

carriage

noun
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

carriage

noun
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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