horse·​back | \ ˈhȯrs-ˌbak How to pronounce horseback (audio) \

Definition of horseback

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: the back of a horse



Definition of horseback (Entry 2 of 3)

: on horseback



Definition of horseback (Entry 3 of 3)

: given without thorough consideration a horseback opinion

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The footage then cuts to Jamie and Claire on horseback. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Outlander Sneak Peek: Here's Your First Look at Brianna and Jamie's Emotional Introduction," 29 Dec. 2018 When the queen was younger, Christmas meant a brisk family walk through the woods on Christmas or an excursion on horseback. Frank Augstein, The Seattle Times, "Queen Elizabeth II riffs on wisdom, family’s busy year," 26 Dec. 2018 After retiring from Major League Baseball in 2001, first-baseman Wally Joyner built a Utah home devoted to a very different sport: horseback riding. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "Baseball’s Wally Joyner Lists Equestrian Estate for $7.9 Million," 10 Aug. 2018 Some benevolent tech billionaire itching to make up for his or her products hijacking our attention should put together a trust that would financially allow every human being on earth to experience this particular natural oddity on horseback. Candice Rainey, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Colorado Ranch Retreat That Gives You a Real Taste of Cowboy Life," 20 July 2018 Over the weekend, more than 70 volunteers on horseback combed an area of northeast Houston, not far from where the young mother’s truck was found Friday morning. Chris Harris,, "Texas Mom Vanishes on Way to Work — as Police Investigate 'Suspicious' Texts She Might Not Have Sent," 28 June 2018 Spanish conservationists were enraged after the restoration of a church’s 16th-century wooden sculpture of a knight on horseback left the figure unrecognizable. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Spanish conservationists outraged following botched restoration of 16th-century artwork," 27 June 2018 In succeeding days there will be an all-day hike amid the Spanish Peaks, rafting down the Yellowstone River and horseback riding in the Absaroka Mountains. Phil Marty,, "Explore Yellowstone and beyond with adults-only and family adventures," 15 Mar. 2018 Guests travel on horseback through the Saguaro cacti, arriving to a full breakfast spread (including the ranch's famous blueberry pancakes), eaten together at picnic tables. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "How to Do Winter Glamping Right (Among Saguaros in Arizona)," 8 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Horseback riders share the trails with hikers at Brett Woods, a 185-acre conservation area. Lisa Prevost, New York Times, "Greenfield Hill, Conn.: For Nature Lovers," 8 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of horseback


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1727, in the meaning defined above


1879, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of horseback

: on the back of a horse


horse·​back | \ ˈhȯrs-ˌbak How to pronounce horseback (audio) \

Kids Definition of horseback

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the back of a horse They're traveling on horseback.



Kids Definition of horseback (Entry 2 of 2)

: on horseback We rode horseback.

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