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char·​i·​ot ˈcher-ē-ət How to pronounce chariot (audio)
: a light four-wheeled pleasure or state carriage
: a two-wheeled horse-drawn battle car of ancient times used also in processions and races


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charioted; charioting; chariots

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
There are giant moving statues, chariot races in Madison Square Garden, riots in the streets, fist fights, and even old Soviet satellites orbiting the Earth. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 14 May 2024 According to Hartwig, Egyptian craftspeople, lapidaries and sculptors spent around four years recreating the artifacts found in the pharaoh’s tomb, from his wooden chariot to his iconic golden mask. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 May 2024 Intact items such as chariots, frescoes and even graffiti have shed light on what ancient Roman life was like in the prosperous resort before the cataclysmic event — and provided evidence of when the eruption occurred. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 10 Feb. 2024 There’s the great Orion himself, surrounded by his cast of characters like Taurus the Bull, Auriga the chariot driver, Gemini the Twins, Lepus the Killer Rabbit, Canis Minor the Little Dog, and Canis Major, the Big Dog. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, 4 Feb. 2024 In a nook, an employee was flambéing crêpes on a silver chariot that originally belonged to Le Negresco hotel, in Nice. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2024 Following the welcome ceremony, it was placed on a chariot carried by devotees and taken to a museum, where it will be kept under security until its final move. Binaj Gurubacharya, Fortune, 15 Feb. 2024 The chariot race is as much Fast & Furious as Ben-Hur. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Jan. 2024 In 2019, a warrior, dated to between 320 and 174 B.C.E., was unearthed in Yorkshire, England, standing in his chariot and attended by the horses that once pulled it. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Feb. 2024

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Word History



Middle English chariot, chariette "wheeled vehicle for transporting people or things, vehicle used in warfare," borrowed from Anglo-French, "four-wheeled vehicle" (also continental Old French), from charier "to transport, carry entry 1" + -ot, noun suffix, here instrumental, going back to Vulgar Latin *-ottus, variant of Latin -ittus, diminutive suffix

Note: Other examples of -ot as an instrumental suffix are brûlot "fireship," cachot "prison cell."


derivative of chariot entry 1

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1550, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of chariot was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Chariot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a two-wheeled horse-drawn vehicle of ancient times used in battle and also in races and parades
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