stee·​ple·​chase | \ ˈstē-pəl-ˌchās How to pronounce steeplechase (audio) \

Definition of steeplechase

1a : a horse race across country
b : a horse race over a closed course with obstacles (such as hedges and walls)
2 : a footrace of usually 3000 meters over hurdles and a water jump

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Other Words from steeplechase

steeplechaser \ ˈstē-​pəl-​ˌchā-​sər How to pronounce steeplechaser (audio) \ noun
steeplechasing \ ˈstē-​pəl-​ˌchā-​siŋ How to pronounce steeplechasing (audio) \ noun

Examples of steeplechase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Baltimore is hosting another UCI event this weekend in a different cycling discipline known as cyclocross, which is like steeplechase on bikes. Phil Davis,, "Major professional bike race coming to Baltimore in 2020," 8 Oct. 2019 Updike was well off the pace set by winner Hillary Bor, who finished the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a Drake Stadium record time of 8 minutes, 18.05 seconds. Anchorage Daily News, "Ketchikan’s Isaac Updike places 8th in steeplechase at national championships," 28 July 2019 Paul Merca: Mel Lawrence of Bend gets the Olympic standard in the steeplechase in Oslo., "Cravon Gillespie, Jessica Hull and Chaquinn Cook honored with UO awards: Oregon track & field rundown," 15 June 2019 Friday's race was Clark's first steeplechase in almost two years. Ken Goe,, "Erin Clark returns to the steeple in winning fashion at Oregon State's High Performance Meet," 27 Apr. 2018 Wilson High grad Alex Slenning, now running for the UW Huskies, claims fifth in the steeplechase at the Pan Am U20 Championships., "Uh oh, more roster turnover for the UO Ducks track team: Oregon track & field rundown," 21 July 2019 Jager won the silver medal in the steeplechase at the 2016 Olympics. Ken Goe,, "Watch: Olympic silver medalist Evan Jager has a big goal for the 2018 outdoor season," 25 May 2018 On the track, she was undefeated in the steeplechase, with NCAA titles in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Counting down the top Alaska sports stories of the decade: Part 2," 27 Dec. 2019 Included among them are Emma Coburn, the reigning world champion in the women’s steeplechase, and Jenny Simpson, a former world champion in the 1,500 meters who won the silver medal at the last world championships in 2017. John Meyer, The Denver Post, "Why Fort Collins’ Andrew Epperson spent the past few weeks training in winter running gear," 24 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of steeplechase

1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for steeplechase

from the use of church steeples as landmarks to guide the riders

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The first known use of steeplechase was in 1793

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29 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Steeplechase.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of steeplechase

: a race in which people riding horses jump over fences, water, etc.
: a race in which runners jump over fences and water


stee·​ple·​chase | \ ˈstē-pəl-ˌchās How to pronounce steeplechase (audio) \

Kids Definition of steeplechase

1 : a horse race across country
2 : a race on a course that has hedges, walls, and ditches to be crossed

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