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

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For Fahy, the last 200 meters of the steeplechase were most daunting moments of his college running career. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diegans capture titles at NCAA track and field championships," 12 June 2019 Faisal Islam, former political editor of Sky News, likened the battle of different ideas to a steeplechase of unicorns — with no drug tests, of course. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "Britain’s next prime minister could make Brexit worse," 11 June 2019 Marisa Howard, who ran collegiately at Boise State, won her first steeplechase in two years 9:41.50 after missing 2018 with a double stress reaction in both hips., "Konstanze Klosterhalfen doubles up, and Craig Engels busts loose at the Portland Track Festival," 9 June 2019 Indiana’s Daniel Michalski, a graduate transfer, led the steeplechase off the final water jump but fell coming out of the pit. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame boasts first NCAA 1,500 champ since 1926 — by .003," 7 June 2019 Aisha Praught-Leer wins a stunning victory in the Commonwealth Games women's steeplechase., "Remembering Jon Hendershott; the latest on Mt. SAC's stadium; Oregon track & field rundown," 12 Apr. 2018 Like any great mall, chain restaurant or state fair, the NFL has a mysterious, almost cosmic ability to lure us through the same steeplechase of faux excitement and hysteria week after week, year after year. Conor Orr,, "Why the Uninformative Pre-NFL Draft Press Conference Needs to End," 20 Apr. 2018 Allie Ostrander may have some trouble shaking her new nickname, but the Boise State sophomore had no trouble shaking the competition in Thursday's 3,000-meter steeplechase prelims. Rachel Roberts, idahostatesman, "Boise State's 'Baby-faced Assassin' handles NCAA prelims with ease," 7 June 2018 For steeplechase enthusiasts, these are more than horse races., "Maryland's Timber Triple Crown," 4 May 2018

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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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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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