qua·​dri·​ga | \ kwä-ˈdrē-gə How to pronounce quadriga (audio) \
plural quadrigae\ kwä-​ˈdrē-​ˌgī How to pronounce quadriga (audio) \

Definition of quadriga

: 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, "‘The Horse in Ancient Greek Art’ Review: An Ode to the Noble Steed," 20 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of quadriga

circa 1741, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quadriga

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

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“Quadriga.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quadriga. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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