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 hotel is offering the Bridgerton Halloween Package, which includes two tickets to the Masquerade, Bridgerton themed sweet treats in-room, Regency-era fans to add to your costume, free parking for your royal chariot, and a waived resort fee. Brittany Anas, Forbes, 29 Aug. 2021 To feel all four tires leave the ground as one’s turbocharged chariot hurtles over the canyon in a Blu-ray apotheosis of brainless splendor. Garret Keizer, Harper's Magazine, 17 Aug. 2021 The chariot’s progeny became weapons in the battle for social importance. Howard Schneider, WSJ, 12 Aug. 2021 On the war side, animals that are most probably onagers, a species of wild donkey, are shown dragging a chariot over the bodies of enemy soldiers. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2021 The Lydian king Croesus frequently consulted the oracle at Delphi when formulating his bets on chariot races. Evan Allgood, The New Yorker, 5 Aug. 2021 In the Byzantine Empire, events like chariot racing remained a touchstone for civic life in Constantinople (and elsewhere) at least until the 11th century. David M. Perry, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 July 2021 Here both sides argue the pros and cons of NASA's chariot to the stars. Alex Roland And Ken Bowersox, Popular Mechanics, 8 July 2021 His singing and theatrics and chariot racing offended their sense of decorum, while also garnering adoration of the plebs, threatening the precarious balance of power. Jonathon Keats, Forbes, 17 June 2021

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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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“Chariot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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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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