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

Medea poisons his new bride and kills her own children before flying away in a celestial chariot. New York Times, "Rewriting Greek Tragedies as Immigrant Stories," 12 July 2019 In a bit of trivia, the world’s oldest horse-training manual also comes from the Mittani; its people were known for their horsemanship and developed lighter, faster spoked wheels for their war chariots. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Drought Reveals Ancient Palace in Iraqi Reservoir," 1 July 2019 The opening parade of the Oregon Brewers Festival this year promises a different sight: Instead of a grand marshal pulled by the traditional bike chariot, a guy on a unicycle playing flaming bagpipes will get the celebration of craft beer underway. Andre Meunier,, "Oregon Brewers Festival kicks off this week with Unipiper’s ‘full flame and sound’," 21 July 2019 Pulling the chariot represents the showering of everyone with an abundance of love, mercy and spirituality. Vincent T. Davis,, "San Antonio Festival of Chariots celebrates enlightenment," 6 July 2019 Ride the 1910 Balboa Park Carousel with its 54 figures and chariots. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Balboa Park: San Diego’s crown jewel," 30 June 2019 Back in Statuary Hall, the clock on the chariot wheel ticks. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "An empty US Capitol after McCain’s death is sobering reminder that the clock is ticking," 28 Aug. 2018 More panels illustrate the evolution of transportation from a chariot to a locomotive. Carson Bear, USA TODAY, "Historic train stations converted into hotels," 1 May 2018 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

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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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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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