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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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The next morning, Santa will deliver gifts from a real sleigh drawn by brother draft horses Pete and Repeat, their hoofbeats muffled by glittering, fresh white snow. Candice Yacono, Orange County Register, "Where is paradise? Right near Missoula, Montana," 29 July 2019 The family would buy gifts for the city’s poor and sick, delivering them by sleigh on Christmas Eve. James Freeman, WSJ, "‘A Great Joy’," 21 Dec. 2018 One family kept a pet ostrich that terrorized other townspeople and was made to pull a sleigh at Christmas. Paul Cooper, National Geographic, "See eerie pictures inside a Namibian ghost town," 20 Mar. 2019 One from two years before shows Sarah with a young Beatrice on a wooden sleigh. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie Just Shared the Sweetest Throwback Photo of Her and Sarah Ferguson as Ski Bunnies," 1 Feb. 2019 Those of us who would rather stay more firmly rooted on the ground can, instead, indulge instead in a beautiful sleigh ride through the valley. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "This Austrian Spa and Ski Town Is Straight Out of a Wes Anderson Film," 11 Jan. 2019 Mariah Carey The unofficial queen of Christmas started celebrating early with a Christmas Eve-eve pajama party... ...and then headed out on a sleigh ride. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Here's How Celebrities Celebrated Christmas 2018," 24 Dec. 2018 Shirlene’s Cuisine, a charming greasy spoon, welcomed us with a light-up sign depicting a sleigh. Ann Votaw, Marie Claire, "I Went to the Harvard of Santa Schools to Become Mrs. Claus," 20 Dec. 2018 Soldiers loaded the lieutenant onto a sleigh and evacuated him 20 miles north to the town of Shenkursk. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "The One Time American Troops Fought Russians Was at the End of World War I—and They Lost," 9 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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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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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Kids Definition of sleigh

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

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