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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Some things to know about USC receiver Michael Pittman, including his love of horseback riding. oregonlive, "Saturday’s game against Auburn is a chance for Oregon coach Mario Cristobal to make good: Issues & Answers," 30 Aug. 2019 Massages are available by appointment, as well as guided kayak tours, helicopter tours, and horseback riding. Jae Thomas, Marie Claire, "The Best National Parks for Every Kind of Vacation," 15 Aug. 2019 The app will even tell you which trails to check out based on your preferred activity: hiking, biking, horseback riding, motorcycle riding, ATV riding and off-highway vehicle riding. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "A dating app for dog people plus 10 other tools to help you live your most Colorado life," 14 Aug. 2019 Last year, proposals were introduced that would expand hunting activities, as well as horseback riding, camping and limited airboating. Austen Erblat,, "Federal report shows wildlife refuge added millions to Palm Beach County’s economy," 12 Aug. 2019 Families can book tours such as horseback riding along the beach and in the surf, river tubing adventures, ATV tours and catamaran sailings. Mark Rogers, USA TODAY, "Taking a family vacation to Jamaica? 10 reasons to leave your all-inclusive resort," 29 July 2019 The area provides plenty of summer recreational activities for outdoor enthusiasts, such as boating, fishing, camping, hiking, horseback riding and of course, rafting. Gerry Frank,, "Make Hells Canyon your next destination: Gerry Frank’s picks," 21 July 2019 Leonardo Antonio Aguilar, the son, sang on horseback and later strummed a guitar. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Pepe Aguilar's Jaripeo Sin Fronteras is a family affair in Houston," 19 Aug. 2019 In 2011, eight years ago this month, IMCOM’s new $120 million, 300,000-square-foot facility opened in a ceremony featuring 1st Cavalry Division soldiers on horseback. Sig Christenson,, "Army relieves S.A. commander once described as ‘servant leader’," 15 Aug. 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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