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


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 Queen, Princess Anne, Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Beatrice, and Princess Eugenie were all seen arriving at the horse race in various royal carriages. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "How Meghan Markle's First Royal Ascot Compares to Kate Middleton's," 19 June 2018 Only invited guests of the Queen are granted seats in the carriages. Erin Hill,, "Everything You Need to Know About Royal Ascot — Including the Queen's Strict Dress Code!," 19 June 2018 The first, in 1896, saw people arriving in carriages. Tara Sullivan,, "The most perilous hazard at this US Open could be the traffic," 13 June 2018 Still, all the to-ing and fro-ing in splendid carriages was free for oohing and aahing to anyone who could crowd along the procession route. Patt Morrison,, "After centuries of practice, Britain's royals figure out how to turn a wedding into a global watch party," 17 May 2018 On the opening day of the Ohio State Fair in late July, both the state's inspectors and those with a private company hired by the ride's owner checked out the Fire Ball ride, which swings and spins riders seated in carriages. John Seewer,, "Ohio State Fair crash: Why state inspectors won't pay for death on Fire Ball ride," 3 Apr. 2018 On the opening day of the Ohio State Fair in late July, both the state’s inspectors and those with a private company hired by the ride’s owner checked out the Fire Ball ride, which swings and spins riders seated in carriages. Washington Post, "States protect their carnival ride inspectors from lawsuits," 1 Apr. 2018 After the half-hour service in the chapel, William joined the other royals, including Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in a carriage procession back up to the castle’s state apartments. Simon Perry,, "Prince William Wears Velvet and Feathers for One of the Fanciest Days on the Royal Calendar!," 18 June 2018 The Queen will join her family in their perch after finishing her inspection of the troops by carriage. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Everything You Need to Know About Trooping the Colour 2018," 7 June 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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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


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


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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