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Definition of sleigh

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an open usually horse-drawn vehicle with runners for use on snow or ice


sleighed; sleighing; sleighs

Definition of sleigh (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to drive or travel in a sleigh

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Examples of sleigh in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Each tree/shrub was wrapped in a different color of lights, not to mention a ginormous Christmas tree and sleigh planted on the lawn composed entirely from lights. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "One Family's Hilarious Response to Their Neighbors’ Over-the-Top Christmas Lights," 4 Dec. 2019 The organizers said Cipriani 42nd Street was not large enough for a sleigh and did not have a freight elevator for a carriage or a Jeep. James Barron, New York Times, "The Debutante Ball in the Age of Instagram," 13 Feb. 2020 In addition, the ranch offers sleigh or wagon rides in the winter, horseback riding trips at Wildcat Mountain State Park in May, and fall activities, including a corn maze and a petting zoo. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Horse ranch near the Dells blames 'heartbreaking' loss of 14 horses on toxic beetles," 14 Jan. 2020 This means that Santa's sleigh is moving at 650 miles per second, 3,000 times the speed of sound. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Redesigned Santa’s Sleigh for Hypersonic Speed," 23 Dec. 2019 As with any Christmas village, there are tons of accompanying figurines to collect here, from the Grinch's overflowing sleigh to his ever-present sidekick, Max. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "You Can Buy This Grinch-Themed Ceramic Christmas Village—and It's Cuter Than Whoville," 10 Dec. 2019 HOLIDAY December has finally arrived, which means the holiday music season is in full swing, snowballing like an out-of-control sleigh ride towards Christmas Day. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, "Festive Friday: Hear New Holiday Music From Taylor Swift, Blink-182, Keith Urban and More," 6 Dec. 2019 Regardless, candles go with Christmas like reindeer go with sleighs. Marni Jameson,, "Seasonal scents that pass the sniff test," 28 Nov. 2019 But those who believe all want to know one thing: where in the world the jolly old man and his sleigh full of gifts are on Christmas Eve. James Anderson, USA TODAY, "It takes a village: How NORAD's Santa trackers field more than 100,000 phone calls," 25 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That’s a question not answered easily, right alongside with just how does Santa stuff that sleigh with all those presents for girls and boys. Tom Noie, Indianapolis Star, "Noie: Buzz about and around No. 14 Notre Dame absent from Camping World Bowl," 27 Dec. 2019 There are enough holiday TV movies to overturn Santa’s sleigh this season, with Oprah Winfrey’s OWN channel and a new streaming service adding to the cargo. Lynn Elber,, "Holiday TV forecast: a sleighful of movies, music, a Grinch," 6 Dec. 2019 Although this vehicle was never officially part of the USPS fleet, a handful of carriers relied on the Model-T Snowbird attachment kit to plod along snowy routes, providing an alternative to horse and sleigh. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "12 Geeky Ways to Deliver Mail: U.S. Postal Service Technology Through the Ages," 18 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of sleigh


1703, in the meaning defined above


circa 1729, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sleigh


Dutch slee, alteration of slede; akin to Middle Dutch sledde sled

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“Sleigh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sleigh

: a large, open vehicle that is usually pulled by a horse over snow or ice


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: an open usually horse-drawn vehicle with runners for use on snow or ice

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