char·​i·​ot | \ ˈcher-ē-ət How to pronounce chariot (audio) , ˈcha-rē-\

Definition of chariot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a light four-wheeled pleasure or state carriage
2 : a two-wheeled horse-drawn battle car of ancient times used also in processions and races


charioted; charioting; chariots

Definition of chariot (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to drive or ride in or as if in a chariot

transitive verb

: to carry in or as if in a chariot

Examples of chariot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The chariot was a major feature of the military museum for over 30 years. Fox News, "Egypt moves last chariot of King Tut to new museum," 5 May 2018 The clock on the wheel of the chariot, positioned dead center above the doorway. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "An empty US Capitol after McCain’s death is sobering reminder that the clock is ticking," 28 Aug. 2018 Several of these companies have now become billion-dollar enterprises as their tiny 21st-century chariots have deployed to more than 100 cities, including Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Chicago, and Miami. Umair Irfan, Vox, "The scooter stampede of 2018 is great news for urban transportation," 5 Dec. 2018 Jeff could use the same chariot to pull Johnny through the 112-mile bike ride and the marathon. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "How Tech Will Help This Inspiring Dad Carry His Son Through an Entire Ironman Triathlon," 4 May 2017 That four-door touring sedan, with its powerful engine and fantastic leather interior, made for an ideal chariot on our seven-day journey zig-zagging around France. Matt Hranek, Condé Nast Traveler, "Great Drives: Speeding Through the French Countryside in the Audi A8," 25 Sep. 2018 However, the team hopes to streamline Jeff's running with a second, lighter chariot for Jeff to push. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "How Tech Will Help This Inspiring Dad Carry His Son Through an Entire Ironman Triathlon," 4 May 2017 One is a third-century Roman chariot scene, made from 60,000 little pieces of tile. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Former Corktown bachelor pad is now a loft fit for the whole family," 14 July 2018 There are half-naked lovers, fishing cupids, chariots pulled by horse-size birds, elephants and ostriches and stags, mythological animals —and women in bikinis batting a ball. Alice Short,, "Avoiding pain and finding only pleasure in Sicily," 27 May 2018

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First Known Use of chariot


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1550, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for chariot


Middle English, from Middle French, from Old French, from charrier to transport, from char vehicle, from Latin carrus — more at car

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English Language Learners Definition of chariot

: a carriage with two wheels that was pulled by horses and was raced and used in battle in ancient times


char·​i·​ot | \ ˈcher-ē-ət How to pronounce chariot (audio) \

Kids Definition of chariot

: a vehicle of ancient times that had two wheels, was pulled by horses, and was used in battle and in races and parades

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