char·​i·​ot·​eer ˌcher-ē-ə-ˈtir How to pronounce charioteer (audio)
: one who drives a chariot
capitalized : auriga

Examples of charioteer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Again, look for Auriga, the charioteer turned goat farmer in the low eastern evening sky. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, 28 Jan. 2024 The Bhagavad Gita is 700-verse Hindu scripture, written in Sanskrit, that centers on a dialog between a great warrior prince named Arjuna and his charioteer Lord Krishna, an incarnation of Vishnu. James Temperton, WIRED, 21 July 2023 His charioteer Krishna, who eventually reveals himself to be God, attempts to convince Arjuna to fight by teaching him three types of yoga: bhakti yoga, the yoga of devotion; jnana yoga, the yoga of sacred knowledge; and karma yoga, the yoga of selfless action. Jeremy David Engels, Fortune Well, 21 June 2023 The charioteer represents reason. Juliana Piskorz,, 20 May 2021 It’s best found by identifying its brightest star Capella, which marks the charioteer's shoulder. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 5 Feb. 2023 Ancient Greece Plato compares the human will to a charioteer, driven by two horses, one representing our rational or moral impulses, and the other our irrational passions and appetites. Adam Piore, Discover Magazine, 12 June 2017 Early on, due to the association with chariots used only for fighting, yoga also meant warlike, and people believed a charioteer killed in battle was taken up to the heavens in a divine yoga. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 9 June 2017 Ol’ Slac and his longtime charioteer were joined by descendants of local luminary Jimmie Rice, one of the oldest surviving presidents of a major krewe who turns 96 years young in a month. al, 23 May 2021 See More

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Word History


Middle English charieter, chariotter, from chariot chariot entry 1 + -er -eer

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Charioteer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a driver of a chariot

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