eques·tri·an | \i-ˈkwe-strē-ən \

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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On a sweeping bluff overlooking the San Diego coast, a generation of young girls nurtured their love of horses while parents relied on the staff at La Jolla Farms Stables for the basics in show jumping and equestrian competition. Jeff Mcdonald, sandiegouniontribune.com, "#MeToo movement prompts disclosure of alleged sexual abuse at La Jolla Farms Stables," 8 July 2018 The Baltimore County government honored Kamenetz last month by naming an equestrian facility after him at the Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park in Cockeysville. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Middle River development to include memorial for late Baltimore County executive Kamenetz," 19 June 2018 While events held in Europe and America take place in front of crowds who are well versed in equestrian sport, spectators in Shanghai are often seeing show jumping for the first time. Aly Vance, CNN, "How equestrian clears historic hurdles in Shanghai," 18 Apr. 2018 Sac State has no equestrian team, but does feature beach volleyball. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "UC Davis adds 2 women's teams to meet Title IX standards as campus demographics change | The Sacramento Bee," 14 Apr. 2018 Since 1909, this exciting day of equestrian sport has marked the spring in the Harford County countryside. Staff Report, The Aegis, "My Lady's Manor Steeple Races set for Saturday in Harford County," 10 Apr. 2018 Baylor head coach Matt Rhule told KCEN-TV the players were separated from the team after being accused of assault by female members of the school's equestrian team. Scooby Axson, SI.com, "Baylor Suspends Two Football Players After Sexual Assault Allegations," 14 Mar. 2018 The parade typically attracts about 100 entries of floats, marching bands, equestrian units and youth groups. Steve Dreyer, Pomerado News, "Poway Days Parade sponsors sought," 5 July 2018 For example, a new estate could include a main house plus guesthouses, a winery and an equestrian facility spanning a total of approximately 80,000 square feet, Mr. Goldsmith said. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Paul Allen Asks $150 Million for 120 Acres of L.A. Land," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Kaley Cuoco says she and her fiance, professional equestrian Karl Cook, got married over the weekend. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "'Big Bang Theory' star Kaley Cuoco marries Karl Cook in horse-themed ceremony," 1 July 2018 Image Hans Günter Winkler, a German equestrian who was a dominant force in show jumping for decades, competing at every Olympic Games from 1956 through 1976 and winning seven medals, died on Monday in Warendorf, Germany. Daniel E. Slotnik, New York Times, "Hans Günter Winkler, Olympic Champion Equestrian, Dies at 91," 11 July 2018 The Big Bang Theory star officially tied the knot with her fiancé, equestrian Karl Cook, in San Diego. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco Just Got Married—And Her Dress Was Beautiful," 1 July 2018 Four teams compete in equestrian, awarding four points to the winner). Ron Higgins, NOLA.com, "LSU finishes towards the bottom in SEC All-Sports standings," 21 May 2018 While dealing with the illness, Mathews finished art school, got married, became an accomplished equestrian and now is a full-time artist. Kate Thayer, chicagotribune.com, "Bipolar 'is not a death sentence:' Art exhibit aims to reduce stigma," 16 May 2018 Beezie Madden will join her fourth Olympic show jumping team next month, and T&C had the chance to speak with the 52-year-old equestrian. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Beezie Madden is the Oldest Female Athlete on Team USA," 25 July 2016 There were pragmatic equestrians who teamed knee-high crocodile boots with wide shorts, and Romantic Victorians who swooshed across the marble wearing bottle green or lake blue opera cloaks a la Oscar Wilde. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Male Patterned Boldness: Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Sartoria Ode to Villa Carlotta," 9 July 2018 Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the stables attracted an array of aspiring competitive equestrians from all over North County. Jeff Mcdonald, sandiegouniontribune.com, "#MeToo movement prompts disclosure of alleged sexual abuse at La Jolla Farms Stables," 8 July 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 \

Kids Definition of equestrian

: relating to the act of riding horses equestrian sports

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