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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The crushed limestone trail is maintained by Door and Kewaunee counties and is open to hiking, biking, horseback riding and snowmobiling in the winter. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Algoma is a day trip away along Lake Michigan," 12 July 2018 The money can be used for safety equipment but it couldn’t be used for books or videos or for costs associated with golf, sailing, horseback riding or hunting. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "House Panel Passes Tax Break for Gym Memberships, Exercise Classes," 12 July 2018 That will provide access to Rainbow Falls, horseback riding out of Red’s Meadow and five campgrounds. Tom Stienstra,, "Trails, camps, lakes open for summer in Land of Muir," 17 June 2018 On parts of the Polly Ann Trail there will be horseback riding, although not on the Larry Obrecht Bridge. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "His namesake bridge cost $2M but carries only hikers and bikers," 1 June 2018 Reeve was paralyzed from the neck down after suffering a tragic horseback riding accident in June of 1995. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "Paralyzed fighting guerrillas in Venezuela, he graduated a star student-athlete at UTA | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 17 May 2018 The 92-year-old monarch was pictured horseback riding at Windsor Castle the morning her new great-grandson was born. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Was Spotted on Horseback the Day the Royal Baby Arrived," 25 Apr. 2018 There was also a tournament of kokpar (a traditional game played on horseback with a dead goat instead of a ball) and a circus featuring elaborate shows of horsemanship. The Economist, "The president of Kazakhstan throws himself a modest birthday bash," 12 July 2018 Prince Charles and his son Prince William did not join their wives in the carriage ride but were spotted in uniform on horseback with military troops. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "Meghan Markle attends annual Trooping the Colour parade, makes Buckingham Palace balcony debut," 9 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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Phrases Related to horseback

horseback rider

horseback riding

on horseback

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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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