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.

Examples of equestrian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective At those Games, the granddaughter of the Queen even won a silver medal as a member of the Great Britain equestrian eventing team. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 17 Apr. 2022 The farm is on 8,000 acres and is home to equestrian eventing. Kiersten Willis, ajc, 1 Apr. 2022 One has stopped riding altogether and the other two have joined their college equestrian teams. Lettie Teague, WSJ, 24 Mar. 2022 On Instagram, the duchess shared an old black-and-white photo of Eugenie wearing equestrian gear and riding a horse. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 24 Mar. 2022 There is also potential to create personal ATV trails or develop the land for equestrian use or plant a vineyard on upper elevations with eastern exposure and Melbourne, Goodin and Jory soils, according to marketing materials. oregonlive, 6 Mar. 2022 Roughly 65 miles east of Phoenix, the 11.65-mile LOST system is divided into five segments open to hiking, biking and equestrian use. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 28 Feb. 2022 Now, the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway is a 110-mile linear park that hosts more than 300 miles of trails for paddling, hiking, biking and equestrian use. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, 31 Dec. 2021 There is a wilderness area for foot traffic, non-vehicle areas for hiking and equestrian use, and miles of OHV area. Eric Jay Toll, Chron, 7 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Villa Nafissa was also zoned for up to 50 horses, as the owner was an avid equestrian since a young age. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 29 Apr. 2022 Sofia Abramovich is a 26-year-old professional equestrian. Carmela Chirinos, Fortune, 3 Mar. 2022 Dressed in a glittering black tweed jacket, pants and sleek riding boots, Casiraghi — a veteran equestrian — trotted on the runway to the surprise of attendees, including Pharrell Williams. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, 25 Jan. 2022 Born in Chicago, Nassar — an equestrian who competes for Egypt internationally — was raised in Kuwait by his parents. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, 18 Oct. 2021 The prosecution said the evidence shows Goodman, after his cellphone stopped working, walked directly from the crash site about 100 yards away to a trailer occupied by an equestrian. Marc Freeman, sun-sentinel.com, 13 Sep. 2021 Jennifer Gates, a professional show jumper—and the daughter of Bill and Melinda Gates—is engaged to her longtime boyfriend Nayel Nassar, a fellow equestrian who represented Egypt in this summer's Tokyo Olympics. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, 16 Sep. 2021 Her family was working class, making the life of a young equestrian out of reach. New York Times, 31 Aug. 2021 Lauren Medlin-Manasseh, show manager of the Heritage Horse Show, is a long-time equestrian who runs and organizes the competition events. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, 12 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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“Equestrian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equestrian. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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

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: relating to the act of riding horses equestrian sports

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