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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In addition to the main home, which has a basement, wet bar and 4-car garage, there is a carriage house on the property. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Colts owner Jim Irsay puts Zionsville mansion and property worth $4 million up for sale," 29 Aug. 2019 All athletes are beautiful, but with Venus the beauty stems not only from the contours of her face and body but also from her carriage. Elizabeth Weil, New York Times, "Did Venus Williams Ever Get Her Due?," 22 Aug. 2019 That dispute over carriage fees also remains unresolved. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, "Blackout ends: CBS channels restored to AT&T outlets, including DirecTV," 8 Aug. 2019 The guards at Schönbrunn were forbidden to present arms and were instructed to look at the ground when her carriage passed. David Netto, Town & Country, "Was This Photo of an Austrian Empress the World's First Paparazzi Photo?," 7 Aug. 2019 Cable companies are always negotiating with YES and SNY over carriage fees. Bob Raissman, courant.com, "Retirement talk off limits for Suzyn Waldman, John Sterling," 2 Aug. 2019 Alternatively, broadcast stations can use the retransmission consent model to demand carriage fees from TV providers, with the risk of blackouts occurring when the sides don't agree on price. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "TV blackouts hit record high as customers get screwed by industry squabbles," 24 July 2019 The Queen, who wore a blue coat and matching flower hat by Angela Kelly, hosted King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands in her lead carriage that processed onto the course. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Kate Middleton (and Her Flower Hat!) Lights up Royal Ascot Alongside Prince William and the Queen," 18 June 2019 The Duke of Kent also joined them in their carriage. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "See Princess Eugenie's Stunning 2019 Trooping the Colour Dress," 8 June 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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