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 His attempts at reviving neglected chariots on the cheap are riveting for his nearly 1 million YouTube subscribers. Dennis Romero, NBC News, "YouTube viewership up, but creators wonder if money will follow," 19 Apr. 2020 Ancient Egyptians, meanwhile, discovered lubricants such as oil, lime, and water allowed for easier transport of building materials and increased the speed of their chariots. Adrienne Bernhard, Popular Mechanics, "How the Obscure Science of Rubbing Built the Past and Will Shape the Future," 7 Apr. 2020 Some, like a chariot carrying the wine god Bacchus, are spectacularly inventive — Bacchus can raise a toast, roll his eyes and even stick out his tongue. New York Times, "21 Art Exhibitions to View in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 27 Feb. 2020 All five of the ostrich eggs were painted, and four were engraved with repeating geometric patterns (as seen above), animal motifs, and chariots and soldiers. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "Elaborately decorated eggs predate Easter by thousands of years," 8 Apr. 2020 Elsewhere in Orion’s gang is Auriga, the chariot driver with the bright star Capella. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, "Skywatch: Super chilled starry nights," 29 Dec. 2019 An Iron Age chariot burial found in Yorkshire, England, is reshaping archaeologists’ understanding of Celtic art and weaponry. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Archaeologists Unearth Celtic Warrior Grave Complete With Chariot, Elaborate Shield," 10 Dec. 2019 Possibly the most famous fountain in the world, the Trevi Fountain is a Baroque masterpiece depicting Neptune atop a chariot pulled by sea horses. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "Experience Virtual Travel from Yosemite to Amsterdam with These Livestreams," 26 Mar. 2020 As of the writing of this story, the oldest clearly identified remains of the modern domestic horse, Equus caballus, date back only as far as about 2000 B.C. – to the chariot burials of Russia and Central Asia. William Taylor, The Conversation, "Humans domesticated horses – new tech could help archaeologists figure out where and when," 2 Mar. 2020

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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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21 May 2020

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“Chariot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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