sleigh

1 of 2

noun

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

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sleigh

2 of 2

verb

sleighed; sleighing; sleighs

intransitive verb

: to drive or travel in a sleigh

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Taking pictures in the sleigh and admiring the archway make wait times fly. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 4 Dec. 2021 The parade ended with Santa on his sleigh, signifying the arrival of the holiday season. Taylor Murphy, Good Housekeeping, 25 Aug. 2022 Christmas Con 2022 is arriving in Edison, New Jersey, in December — and bringing an abundance of good cheer and holiday movie favorites in its sleigh. Breanne L. Heldman, Peoplemag, 18 Aug. 2022 For Van Deraa, the archway and the sleigh are her favorite pieces. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 4 Dec. 2021 Denis’s ex-wife, Christiane, wonders if perhaps the sleigh went up too high. The New Yorker, 2 Dec. 2021 Warming up the sleigh and prepping the reindeer for our holiday extravaganza together! Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 18 Nov. 2021 As the popularity of holiday TV movies grew, Netflix jumped into the sleigh, with its own originals. oregonlive, 11 Nov. 2021 How does Santa ensure his sleigh is in perfect working order? Richard Howells, Forbes, 7 Dec. 2021
Verb
Winter activities are the best, to sleigh the least. Corinne Sullivan, Woman's Day, 11 Dec. 2020 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, 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, SFChronicle.com, 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, 18 Jan. 2019 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

1703, in the meaning defined above

Verb

circa 1729, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sleigh was in 1703

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“Sleigh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sleigh. Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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Kids Definition

sleigh

noun

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

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