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equestrian

adjective eques·tri·an \ i-ˈkwe-strē-ən \

Definition of equestrian

1 a :of, relating to, or featuring horseback riding
  • equestrian Olympic events
b archaic :riding on horseback :mounted
c :representing a person on horseback
2 :of, relating to, or composed of knights

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Equestrian comes from equus, Latin for "horse". Old statues of military heroes, like the famous one of General Sherman on New York's Fifth Avenue, are frequently equestrian. In these sculptures the man always sits nobly upright on a horse, but the horse's stance varies; depending on whether the rider was killed in battle or survived, was victorious or defeated, the horse traditionally stands with four, three, or two hooves on the ground. Equestrian statues have been popular through the centuries, because until the 20th century almost every officer in Europe and America was trained in equestrian skills and combat.

Origin and Etymology of equestrian

Latin equestr-, equester of a horseman, from eques horseman, from equus horse — more at equine

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equestrian

noun

Definition of equestrian

:one who rides on horseback

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First Known Use of equestrian

1774

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EQUESTRIAN Defined for English Language Learners

equestrian

adjective

Definition of equestrian for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to the riding of horses


equestrian

noun

Definition of equestrian for English Language Learners

  • : a person who rides horses


EQUESTRIAN Defined for Kids

equestrian

adjective eques·tri·an \ i-ˈkwe-strē-ən \

Definition of equestrian for Students

:relating to the act of riding horses
  • equestrian sports


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