horseless carriage


Definition of horseless carriage

: automobile used especially of early models

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for horseless carriage


auto, automobile, bus, car, machine, motor, motor vehicle, motorcar, wheels [slang]

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of horseless carriage in a Sentence

with the coming of the horseless carriage, distances between places were greatly reduced and the national landscape was transformed

Recent Examples on the Web

Think of transportation: from horseback to horseless carriages to autonomous vehicles. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Betsy DeVos goes to Switzerland and bashes U.S. public schools," 7 June 2018 At the time, nobody worried that this new horseless carriage would dump carbon into the air. Nathanael Johnson, WIRED, "Where Can Climate Activists Find Common Ground?," 9 July 2018 In the early days of the horseless carriage, hundreds of outfits vied to establish themselves. Rick Tetzeli, Fortune, "GM Gets Ready for a Post-Car Future," 23 May 2018 Gabriela Tylesova’s gaudy big top scenic and costume design is impressive, particularly a horseless carriage, carousel horses and some spinning illuminated glass pyramids. Pam Kragen,, "'Love Never Dies' looks great, but less filling," 29 Mar. 2018 And, eventually, these autonomous systems could replace humans at the steering wheel, just as horseless carriages replaced the horses. Vivek Wadhwa, Washington Post, "Why it may be time to put self-driving cars in the slow lane," 26 Mar. 2018 AVs offer a chance to forge a new and better trade-off between personal mobility and social impact—but only if the lesson of the horseless carriage is applied to the era of the driverless car. The Economist, "Self-driving cars offer huge benefits—but have a dark side," 1 Mar. 2018 Once upon a time, horseless carriages were a luxury item, crafted from the finest of materials to wrap an owner in wealth and ostentation. Jack Stewart, Wired News, "7 Future-Revealing Details From the 2018 Geneva Motor Show," 11 Mar. 2018 In the early 1890s there was much interest in the emerging technology of horseless carriages, which promised to combine the speed of a train with the flexibility of a horse and the convenience of a bicycle. The Economist, "From here to autonomyAutonomous-vehicle technology is advancing ever faster," 1 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'horseless carriage.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of horseless carriage

1895, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about horseless carriage

Statistics for horseless carriage

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for horseless carriage

The first known use of horseless carriage was in 1895

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on horseless carriage

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with horseless carriage

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for horseless carriage

Comments on horseless carriage

What made you want to look up horseless carriage? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


food or victuals

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!