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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 AB Aurigae is a young star in the constellation symbolizing the celestial charioteer. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 20 May 2020 The charioteer, Reason, tries his best to guide the chariot along the road of virtue. Brendan De Kenessey, Vox, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 21 May 2007 See More

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Word History

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 5 Dec. 2022.

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: a driver of a chariot

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