horse·​back | \ˈhȯrs-ˌbak \

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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Central and South America Argentina Maita BarrenecheaMai 10She was among the first to offer fly-fishing trips to Patagonia and to open estancias to guests for horseback riding. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 Like Princess Charlotte, Theodora Rose is also a fan of horseback riding. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Theodora Rose Williams Will Reportedly Be a Page Girl at Princess Eugenie's Wedding," 30 Sep. 2018 Favorite Balmoral activities include hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and in the case of Queen Elizabeth, driving around the grounds in her Range Rover. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Where the European Royals Spend Their Summers," 30 July 2018 Adventures to be had here include hiking, fishing, canoeing, horseback riding and golf. New York Times, "Looking for a Weekend Escape? Here Are 5 Family-Friendly Options," 6 July 2018 Over the course of the two days, the program will introduce you to new skills, from how to cast to tie a fly, and includes horseback riding, hiking and a photography clinic. Susan B. Barnes, USA TODAY, "Leave the kids behind: Summer camp for adults," 6 July 2018 The couple divorced in 1992, but Zara inherited her father's talent for horseback riding. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Zara Tindall? The Queen's Granddaughter Just Gave Birth to Her Second Child," 19 June 2018 The trip, taking place July 19–24, focuses on yoga and surfing but also includes hiking, horseback riding, meditation, and daily trips to the beach. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "6 Epic Multisport Trips," 14 June 2018 Take advantage of the hiking, biking, and horseback-riding trails that run through the property. Jody Rosen, Smithsonian, "This Secret Corner of California Is a Paradise for Lovers of Great Food and Top-Notch Wines," 14 June 2018

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 \

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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