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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

Example Sentences

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At the British Museum, Fisher and Freemantle found a copper alloy nave band from the late Bronze Age that was once used to strengthen the hub of an ancient chariot. Samuel Rutter Kate Guadagnino Lisa Wong Macabasco Aimee Farrell Anna Furman, New York Times, 10 Nov. 2022 Adopted from the ancient Greek religion, Apollo was responsible for driving the sun across the sky in his golden chariot of fire. Amy Bizzarri, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Aug. 2022 The rock comet orbits particularly close to the sun and gets its name from a character in Greek mythology character who drove the sun god Helios' chariot. Sherry Liang, CNN, 13 Dec. 2021 Then the Love and Thunder trailers and TV spots arrived, confirming said chariot and the goats. Chris Smith, BGR, 27 June 2022 With push-button start, a sippy 155-horse 4-banger and leatherette-and-cloth seats, my standard Encore is an affordable chariot. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 18 June 2022 Their bayou-saving chariot is a 30-foot barge mottled with rust. New York Times, 14 June 2022 Also Saturday, not far away, after a directive from county executive Ed McNamara, Wayne County workers put a pair of regular Wings jerseys on the twin chariot riders atop the courthouse on Randolph. Gene Myers, Detroit Free Press, 2 June 2022 Also, a half-dozen Wayne County workers, working in light rain after a directive from county executive Ed McNamara, put a pair of regular Wings jerseys on the twin chariot riders atop the courthouse on Randolph. Gene Myers, Detroit Free Press, 31 May 2022 See More

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Word History



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

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 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition


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