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 When the clock strikes 11 in Britain, there won’t be any carriages turning into pumpkins or riches to rags. Elly Belle,, "It’s Brexit Day: Here’s What Happens Next For Britain," 31 Jan. 2020 Those wins included bike lanes throughout Alameda, larger bike carriage on the ferries, and bike lanes on the Embarcadero, Howard, Folsom and Fifth streets, which comprise my entire path to and from work. Peter Hartlaub,, "Market Street is car-free: A salute to the people who started this fight," 29 Jan. 2020 With the parts still clamped together, bore the through holes for the carriage bolts. Richard Romanski, Popular Mechanics, "How To Build the Ultimate DIY Workbench," 18 Jan. 2020 From then on, the Fulton Market positioned itself as a carriage-trade store. Paula Allen,, "West Side’s Fulton Market was one of first modern markets in San Antonio," 4 Jan. 2020 The letter was addressed to the Great Western Railway company after a train carriage fire destroyed his turkey, news agency SWNS reports. Fox News, "150-year-old Christmas letter from Charles Dickens discovered," 19 Dec. 2019 The three-story brick Victorian mansion is a whopping 6,000 square feet and includes a two-story carriage house. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "This 10-Bedroom New York Mansion Could Be Yours for $50k If You Have the Best Plan to Restore It," 16 Dec. 2019 First, the digital forum moderated by Altitude personalities Vic Lombardi and Kyle Keefe was a creative effort to be transparent with fans upset over the ongoing carriage dispute with Comcast and DISH Network. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Altitude Sports town hall reveals new details on DISH, Comcast dispute," 5 Dec. 2019 The hub of the horse-and-carriage industry was uptown at Longacre Square, the future Times Square, then known for its wagon factories and harness stores. John Freeman Gill, New York Times, "Fighting to Preserve the Magic of Lower Fifth Avenue," 17 Jan. 2020

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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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15 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Carriage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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