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

Examples of steeplechase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Carissa Dock won the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10 minutes, 47.30 seconds. Star Tribune, "Gophers women's gymnasts to compete in Athens Regional with No. 1 Florida," 1 Apr. 2021 Keene was recognized as an accomplished polo player, race car driver, fencer, steeplechase, foxhunter, and marksman. Maryanna Skowronski,, "Elkridge-Harford steeplechase team wins 101st running of Foxhall Farm Trophy Team Chase," 24 Mar. 2021 Last year’s annual rite of spring, Maryland’s steeplechase season, like the majority of sporting events, was canceled due to the worldwide COVID pandemic situation. Maryanna Skowronski,, "Elkridge-Harford steeplechase team wins 101st running of Foxhall Farm Trophy Team Chase," 24 Mar. 2021 For decades, voters in Iowa and New Hampshire have taken the first cut in the nominating contests, leaving the rest of the country to choose among a field winnowed by the candidate steeplechase through Midwestern farmland and Northeastern granite. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada... Why all the fuss about who votes first for president?," 23 Mar. 2021 Elliott, who trains horses at Cullentra stables in County Meath, Ireland, has won a slew of major titles including two Grand Nationals -- regarded as the most grueling and spectacular steeplechase in the world. Jack Guy, CNN, "Top racing trainer Gordon Elliott apologizes over photo of himself sitting on a dead horse," 1 Mar. 2021 Jenkins opens with a breathless prologue with young Diana (Lilly Aspell) competing in an Olympic-style steeplechase on Themyscira that involves archery, running, horse jumping and diving. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, "It can't stick the landing but 'Wonder Woman 1984' is mostly fun," 24 Dec. 2020 Two-time Olympic steeplechase finalist Donn Cabral, who grew up in Glastonbury, had the fastest overall performance., "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 11 Dec. 2020 Mason Ferlic, a former NCAA steeplechase champion from Michigan, won the men’s 8K in 23:43.4. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, "Kole Mathison 8th, Carmel girls 5th in cross-country national meet," 15 Nov. 2020

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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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11 Apr 2021

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“Steeplechase.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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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