eques·​tri·​an | \ i-ˈkwe-strē-ən How to pronounce equestrian (audio) \

Definition of equestrian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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



Definition of equestrian (Entry 2 of 2)

: one who rides on horseback

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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.

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Phillips is still very involved in the equestrian world. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, "Princess Anne's First Husband, Captain Mark Phillips, Occupies the Rare Position of the Royal Ex," 28 Nov. 2020 Sharon Decker is president of North Carolina’s Tryon Resort, which includes 250 rooms and an equestrian center, as well as a 300,000-square-foot indoor arena, on 1,600 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Debra Kamin, BostonGlobe.com, "Disneyland as a vaccination site? Airports as test centers? The travel industry pitches in," 15 Jan. 2021 There, two years later, a family friend, Rep. James Rollins, introduced her to sculptor Clark Mills, whose equestrian statue of Andrew Jackson already graced Lafayette Square. Harold Holzer, WSJ, "An Embattled Statue, Under Siege," 15 Jan. 2021 The musical news is thrilling, yes, but fans are positively swooning over Taylor's subtle equestrian style. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Where to Shop Taylor Swift's Plaid Coat From Her "Evermore" Album Cover," 10 Dec. 2020 The exception was a huge equestrian statue of Robert E. Lee that came under the purview of the state rather than the city government, and whose removal, promised by the governor, became tangled in legal challenges. Peter Van Agtmael, Magazine, "How photography helps us make sense of this unforgettable year," 8 Dec. 2020 An equestrian Lee still sits above in bronze, but his monument now includes basketball hoops, gardens, tents, lawn chairs, and a grill for spontaneous barbecues. Noah Robertson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Year of racial awakening may topple Richmond’s last Confederate statue," 2 Dec. 2020 Cuoco spent those initial months settling into her new Hidden Hills home with her husband, equestrian Karl Cook, their seven rescue dogs and numerous goats, pigs, rabbits and horses. Los Angeles Times, "Kaley Cuoco isn’t just ‘the girl next door.’ And she’s out to prove it," 2 Nov. 2020 Princess Anne was previously married to Captain Mark Phillips, an Olympic equestrian and retired military officer. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Who Is the Queen's Only Daughter, Princess Anne?," 13 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Phillips moved on as well, marrying Sandy Pflueger, a fellow equestrian, in 1997. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, "Princess Anne's First Husband, Captain Mark Phillips, Occupies the Rare Position of the Royal Ex," 28 Nov. 2020 Another keen equestrian, Phillips was an award-winning horseman who took home a gold medal for Great Britain in the 1972 Munich Olympics. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Crown Doesn't Do Justice to Princess Anne's Real-Life Relationships," 15 Nov. 2020 Concurrently with his military career, Phillips became a champion equestrian. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, "Princess Anne's First Husband, Captain Mark Phillips, Occupies the Rare Position of the Royal Ex," 28 Nov. 2020 The unmarked dirt road that traverses the flat expanse of Buckhead Mesa 10 miles north of Payson in Tonto National Forest is open to hikers, equestrians and motorized vehicles equipped to handle rough conditions. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Great views start right away on this easy Payson hike. Here's how to do it.," 14 May 2020 Pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians were permitted. Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, "What’s open and closed this busy weekend: Beaches, parks and trails in Southern California," 8 May 2020 Thousands of people lined Bienville Boulevard on a cool, mostly cloudy day for a parade that included everything from foot marchers to equestrians to boats used as floats. al, "Mardi Gras 2020: People’s Parade rolls on Dauphin Island," 1 Feb. 2020 An accomplished equestrian, Anne was the first member of the royal family to compete in the Olympics. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "If She Hadn't Been a Royal, Princess Anne Says She Would Have Been an Engineer," 17 Apr. 2020 Gyrotonic, Ouziel explained, has specialized techniques for golfers, equestrians, and pregnant women. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Walking the Princess Di Walk," 9 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of equestrian


circa 1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1774, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for equestrian


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

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The first known use of equestrian was circa 1681

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“Equestrian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equestrian. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of equestrian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to the riding of horses



English Language Learners Definition of equestrian (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who rides horses


eques·​tri·​an | \ i-ˈkwe-strē-ən How to pronounce equestrian (audio) \

Kids Definition of equestrian

: relating to the act of riding horses equestrian sports

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