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

Examples of horseback in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While the photographs are the butt of jokes and mockery online, the images of Kim on horseback touring the mountain are imbued with potent symbolism. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "North Korea warns US to prepare for 'Christmas gift,' but no one's sure what to expect," 4 Dec. 2019 The soldiers patrolled the area on horseback until 1944. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Own your own California town: Campo up for sale," 9 Oct. 2019 Recent sightings of people on horseback on Baltimore streets have prompted some to wonder: Is that legal? Colin Campbell,, "You’ve probably seen the pictures of people riding horseback down Baltimore streets. Is it allowed?," 21 Aug. 2019 The Galveston officers, who were identified as P. Brosch and A. Smith, were seen riding horseback August 3 while leading 43-year-old Donald Neely by a rope clipped to his handcuffs. Jason Silverstein, CBS News, "Texas cops who led black man by rope on horseback won't face criminal investigation," 18 Aug. 2019 Jon Snow is riding horseback into the wintry forest. Lynette Rice,, "Here's everything that happened at the final Game of Thrones Comic-Con panel," 20 July 2019 During the festivities on Saturday, which celebrate the Queen’s official birthday, Harry noticeably wasn’t riding horseback alongside his father, Prince Charles, and brother, Prince William., "Why Doesn't Prince Harry Ride on Horseback During Trooping the Colour Like Prince William?," 8 June 2019 Also in Banff National Park, other top-tier options are Shadow Lake Lodge and the pair of lodges reached by horseback on tours with Banff Trail Riders. Daniel Otis, Sunset, "Where to Stay & Dine in Banff & Jasper National Parks," 22 Jan. 2018 The article also mentioned a legend that, after Master’s death in 1796, a workman saw him shackled and riding on horseback, begging for mercy, with three imps following him. Akira Kyles,, "Grave marker of Carroll County settler, infamous slave owner replaced; historical society takes in old ledger," 24 Nov. 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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The first known use of horseback was in the 14th century

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12 Dec 2019

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“Horseback.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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