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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Having left her 1-year-old daughter, Millicent, in Washington with her parents, Mabel solaced herself with the bustle of dinners, carriage rides, musicales and games of whist mainly organized by the town’s eminent couple, Susan and Austin Dickinson. Brenda Wineapple, WSJ, "‘After Emily’ Review: The Belles of Amherst," 25 Oct. 2018 After the ceremony, the bride and groom departed for their royal carriage ride around Windsor. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "The Cute Moment Between Prince Harry and Queen Elizabeth You Might Have Missed During Eugenie's Wedding," 13 Oct. 2018 The third photo commemorates Eugenie and Jack's beautiful carriage ride in their Scottish State Coach, following their wedding ceremony at St. George's Chapel. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "See the Official Portraits from Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Royal Wedding," 13 Oct. 2018 The last two royal weddings have followed a similar agenda: morning or early afternoon ceremony, carriage ride, a lunch, and then a black-tie evening reception. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Princess Eugenie’s Wedding Weekend Has an Unusual Twist," 11 Sep. 2018 Which was followed by a carriage ride through the town of Windsor. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "The Best Moments From Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding," 19 May 2018 The newlyweds were scheduled to take a carriage ride through town to greet the public. NBC News, "Royal Wedding host Windsor is ready for Meghan, Harry's big day," 19 May 2018 Over seven years, the couple invested about $550,000 in improvements to the 5-acre property, including remodeling a cottage and building a carriage house. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "A New Breed of Innkeepers for the Airbnb Era," 8 Nov. 2018 The house has two dining spaces, a den, tennis courts, and a carriage house. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Scarlett Johansson Just Bought A New House In New York, And It's Stunning," 12 Oct. 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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