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 At the climax, after a moment of healing and closure, Kidd urgently races across the land on horseback. Tim Greiving, Los Angeles Times, "‘News of the World’ composer tapped into the broken remnants of the Civil War," 25 Jan. 2021 Andrew Hastings, an adventurer and respected guide, had just scouted this shortcut on horseback the winter before and advertised his new cutoff in guidebooks and postings along the trail. Cody Cassidy, Wired, "The Case for Cannibalism, or: How to Survive the Donner Party," 13 Jan. 2021 This story takes place in the 1930s in Kentucky when an initiative from Eleanor Roosevelt started traveling libraries on horseback. Globe Staff,, "The Fast Forward 2020 Winter Bookies reading list," 4 Jan. 2021 In late June, the American Museum of Natural History made the clear-eyed decision to remove a statue of three men from its front steps: Theodore Roosevelt, looming, on horseback, over an indigenous and a Black figure. Andrea K. Scott, The New Yorker, "The Best Art of 2020," 30 Dec. 2020 Yet another 2019 book that grabbed your attention was this novel, selected for Reese Witherspoon’s book club, about a group of tireless women in Depression-era Kentucky who deliver library books on horseback. Washington Post, "The 10 most-read book reviews of 2020," 28 Dec. 2020 One of Heine’s most powerful early memories was of the emperor’s 1811 arrival in Dusseldorf, appearing on horseback in a park where riding was ordinarily forbidden. Adam Kirsch, WSJ, "‘Heinrich Heine’ Review: Song of the Outsider," 18 Dec. 2020 Behind her, a giant star is lit on fire, while cowboys circle her on horseback. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Megan Thee Stallion Lights Up a Rodeo for Her Apple Music Awards Performance," 15 Dec. 2020 More than 200 men, women and children on horseback and ATVs and in pickup trucks snarled traffic along seven miles in Cienegas Terrace, a colonia between the Del Rio airport and the Rio Grande. New York Times, "In a Widening News Desert on the Border, a Tabloid Start-Up Defies the Odds," 1 Jan. 2021 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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“Horseback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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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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