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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Did You Know?

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

The Saddlery, an equestrian shop in Great Falls, Va., was misspelled as The Saddelry in a Mansion article Friday about the Washington, D.C., suburb. ... WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 14 Apr. 2019 The pattern is slightly equestrian-themed, conjuring up visions of the Louis Vuitton and Hermès scarves that fill our grandmothers’ closets. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Zara's Belt Print Tunic Is Already a Fall Favorite," 24 Aug. 2018 Along with hike, bike and equestrian trails, there's a wetland habitat, model airplane field, shooting center, sports fields and dog park. Houston Chronicle, "Houston-area parks offer outdoor recreation," 10 May 2018 The 4,000 acres of dune, forest, and freshwater pond complex provide habitat for thousands of migratory and resident birds, as well as more than 27 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails. Jill K. Robinson, San Francisco Chronicle, "Top 10 California parks: Little known wonders," 9 May 2018 Some of the sports include basketball, table tennis, equestrian, beach volleyball, golf, cycling, and more. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Where Is 'GMA' Star Robin Roberts? Fans of the Show Are Starting to Ask Questions," 12 Mar. 2019 Aside from her fictional alter-ego, Georgina's life seems to be centered around animals, whether in her equestrian career, philanthropic pursuits, or home life. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "What Michael Bloomberg's Daughters Think of His Decision Not to Run for President," 9 Mar. 2019 From getting a henna tattoo, to visiting an equestrian center, to looking like a true princess in bespoke Dior, Meghan appears to have been enjoying the visit alongside her husband a great deal. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Organizes Swimming Races for Prince George & Princess Charlotte," 25 Feb. 2019 Susan is a horseriding instructor and manages the farm's stable and equestrian arena. Taylor M. Riley, The Courier-Journal, "This Kentucky log cabin was transformed into a charming bed and breakfast inn. Take a tour," 29 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As Marion Larochette, director of the equestrian... Rory Satran, WSJ, "How Hermès Built a Booming Luxury Business From a Humble Harness," 29 Mar. 2019 Casiraghi is an award-winning equestrian, and is even Gucci's official equestrian ambassador. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Another Royal Baby Is Here and It's Grace Kelly's Great-Grandchild," 24 Oct. 2018 Though the Illinois man was lucky enough to giddy up and grab a quick taco, other hungry equestrians have made headlines for being turned away. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Taco Bell serves man with horse-drawn cart in drive-thru," 22 May 2018 Getty ImagesRachel Murray The Big Bang Theory actress Kaley Cuoco and her husband, equestrian Karl Cook, are so, so cute. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "The Custom Details That Made Kaley Cuoco's Wedding So Dazzling," 16 Jan. 2019 Olsen, an accomplished equestrian, competed in the tournament, and her post-show ensemble was blue ribbon-worthy. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Mary-Kate Olsen Makes the Case for Classic Equestrian Style," 28 Sep. 2018 Zara, who is a professional equestrian, competed in the Gatcombe Horse Trials at Gatcombe Park over the weekend with her adorable family in tow. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Zara Tindall Brought Her New Daughter Lena to the Gatcombe Horse Trials This Weekend," 10 Sep. 2018 Her wedding was even equestrian themed, taking place at a San Diego stable — in part because her new husband, 27, is a professional equestrian. Kate Hogan, PEOPLE.com, "Kaley Cuoco Received Tons of Gifts at Her Wedding — But They Weren't for Her," 4 July 2018 And in February, an avid equestrian took her horse through a Pennsylvania Wendy’s drive-thru for a chocolate Frosty. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Maryland Chick-fil-A restaurant serves customer on riding lawn mower in drive-thru," 21 Sep. 2018

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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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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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