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 Private road by a country club and equestrian stables. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, 6 June 2021 The majority of residences are already owned, but there are openings on the horizon as Albany is developing a number of new homes along the outskirts of the new equestrian center, expected to open in 2022. Rachel King, Fortune, 5 June 2021 The home, which sold for $625,000 on April 23, according to Zillow, comes with not only its own barn and pasture area, but a nearby neighborhood equestrian trail. Tandra Smith | Tsmith@al.com, al, 24 May 2021 For instance, an outdoor sport where competitors are naturally spaced out, such as archery or equestrian, could be considered low risk while indoor contact sports, such as boxing or wrestling, could be considered high risk. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, 26 May 2021 There is a mix of unique properties from Centro Haciendas to large ranches, vineyard properties, and equestrian estates located just minutes from San Miguel de Allende. Ellen Paris, Forbes, 21 May 2021 The couple eloped and moved to Palm Beach, Florida, purchasing a 10-acre property in an upscale equestrian community. Jennifer Terker, CBS News, 23 Apr. 2021 In an inspired choice, Staub casts some key supporting roles with actual members of the Fletcher Street Stables, a unique equestrian community more than a century old. Jocelyn Noveck, Detroit Free Press, 2 Apr. 2021 The resort is massive and has everything from private beaches, an equestrian center, multiple golf courses, tennis center, spa, and gourmet restaurants. Erica Wertheim Zohar, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The $18 million purchase took place in 2014, with the intention of turning the property into a place where daughter Jennifer could train for her career as an equestrian. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, 4 May 2021 Auburn equestrian: Since Auburn earned 12 National Collegiate Equestrian Association All-American honors, the team has been preparing for the NCEA national championship. Giana Han, al, 12 Apr. 2021 Venues ranged from equestrian at Hoosier Horse Park in Johnson County to yachting on Lake Michigan. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Mar. 2021 Jaime Xie, an equestrian who recently dropped out of college, grimaces. Jean Chen Ho, Harper's BAZAAR, 17 Feb. 2021 Auburn equestrian: To celebrate Senior Day, Auburn took down rival No. 3 Georgia. Giana Han, al, 1 Mar. 2021 Phillips moved on as well, marrying Sandy Pflueger, a fellow equestrian, in 1997. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, 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, 15 Nov. 2020 Concurrently with his military career, Phillips became a champion equestrian. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, 28 Nov. 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 19 Jun. 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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