char·​i·​ot·​eer | \ ˌcher-ē-ə-ˈtir How to pronounce charioteer (audio) , ˌcha-rē- \

Definition of charioteer

1 : one who drives a chariot
2 capitalized : auriga

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Recent Examples on the Web AB Aurigae is a young star in the constellation symbolizing the celestial charioteer. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Astronomers spot 'twist' evidence of a baby planet in a young star system," 20 May 2020 The charioteer, Reason, tries his best to guide the chariot along the road of virtue. Brendan De Kenessey, Vox, "People are dying because we misunderstand how those with addiction think," 16 Mar. 2018 In sixth-century Constantinople—the ancestor of the city now known as Istanbul—tensions reached a breaking point between the Blues and Greens, political factions that took their names from colors worn by charioteers. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "A Brief History of Protest in Sports," 5 Oct. 2017 This makes sense, since wagon drivers held their whips in their right hands, like charioteers, which causes the whip to cross diagonally to the left, make oncoming drivers less likely to get struck. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "A Brief History of Driving on the Left," 22 Sep. 2017 Topics include the art of forgery, curses against horses and charioteers in ancient Rome, and Trump and Putin's battles with the media. Aimee Levitt, Chicago Reader, "Ten best bets for fall lit," 15 Sep. 2017 As their name implies, the Aurigids appear to radiate from the constellation Auriga, the charioteer, which rises after local midnight this time of year. Andrew Fazekas, National Geographic, "This Week’s Night Sky: See an Eerie Pyramid of Light," 29 Aug. 2016 Bob Schneeveis built this robot charioteer — with a grinning George W. Bush mask on its bobbling head — to test out the efficiency of legs versus wheels. Dylan Tweney, WIRED, "George W. Bush as a Robot Charioteer," 21 May 2007 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, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Yoga," 12 June 2017

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First Known Use of charioteer

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Charioteer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of charioteer

: a driver of a chariot

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