qua·​dri·​ga kwä-ˈdrē-gə How to pronounce quadriga (audio)
plural quadrigae kwä-ˈdrē-ˌgī How to pronounce quadriga (audio)
: a chariot drawn by four horses abreast

Examples of quadriga in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Featuring a quadriga chariot seen from the front, the private work adds a possible female owner interacting with the outside-right horse. E. A. Carmean, WSJ, 20 Sep. 2017

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Word History


Latin, singular of quadrigae team of four, contraction of quadrijugae, feminine plural of quadrijugus yoked four abreast, from quadri- + jungere to yoke, join — more at yoke

First Known Use

circa 1741, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of quadriga was circa 1741

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“Quadriga.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quadriga. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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