horseshoe

play
noun horse·shoe \ˈhȯrs-ˌshü, ˈhȯrsh-\

Definition of horseshoe

  1. 1 :  a usually U-shaped band of iron fitted and nailed to the rim of a horse's hoof to protect it

  2. 2 :  something (such as a valley) shaped like a horseshoe

  3. 3 horseshoes plural :  a game like quoits played with horseshoes or with horseshoe-shaped pieces of metal

horseshoe

transitive verb

horseshoer

play \ˈhȯrs-ˌshü-ər, ˈhȯrsh-\ noun

Examples of horseshoe in a Sentence

  1. The lake was a horseshoe surrounded by tall pine trees.

Recent Examples of horseshoe from the Web

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

First Known Use of horseshoe

14th century


HORSESHOE Defined for English Language Learners

horseshoe

play
noun

Definition of horseshoe for English Language Learners

  • : a U-shaped band of iron nailed to the bottom of a horse's hoof as a shoe

  • : something shaped like a horseshoe

  • horseshoes : a game in which players try to get horseshoes around a stake in the ground by throwing them at the stake from a certain distance


HORSESHOE Defined for Kids

horseshoe

play
noun horse·shoe \ˈhȯrs-ˌshü\

Definition of horseshoe for Students

  1. 1 :  a protective iron plate that is nailed to the rim of a horse's hoof

  2. 2 :  something shaped like a horseshoe They put the horseshoe of roses around his neck. — Walter Farley, The Black Stallion

  3. 3 horseshoes plural :  a game in which horseshoes are tossed at a stake in the ground



Seen and Heard

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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

WORD OF THE DAY

the weight of a container

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Emoji Quiz

  • emoji-the-quiz
  • What phase of the moon is this: 🌖 ?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

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

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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