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

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 On Saturday, the annual Elkridge-Harford Point-to-Point steeplechase races return to historic Atlanta Hall Farm for the 99th anniversary running. Maryanna Skowronski, Baltimore Sun, 6 Apr. 2022 In the boys 2,000 steeplechase, Benjamin Balazs of Cedar Park Middle School placed 32nd with a time of 6:37.14. oregonlive, 4 July 2021 The researchers collected results from major competitions for the marathon, 10,000 meters, 5,000 meters, and 3,000-meter steeplechase, as well as the 50K and 20K racewalks. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 27 Oct. 2021 Leah Falland, who Ritzenhein had been coaching for two years prior to the OAC, has rejuvenated her career at 28 and is fifth among Americans in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:28.72) heading into the U.S. trials. Brian Metzler, Outside Online, 10 June 2021 But to find that special moment, first Bell has to get herself out the door, which, even for a steeplechase runner, can be a hurdle. Outside Online, 9 Dec. 2021 But beyond the pavement lives Cyclocross — a combination of road cycling, mountain biking and steeplechase. Grace Hollars, The Indianapolis Star, 3 Dec. 2021 Courtney Frerichs and Athing Mu shook off post-Olympic hangovers to set U.S. records in the women’s steeplechase and 800, respectively. Ken Goe For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 21 Aug. 2021 Mustafa Mohamed, for example, used to excel in the steeplechase, and competed in the event at the 2004 Olympics. Hannah Borenstein, Outside Online, 12 Mar. 2020 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'steeplechase.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

Learn More About steeplechase

Time Traveler for steeplechase

Time Traveler

The first known use of steeplechase was in 1793

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near steeplechase



steeple clock

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for steeplechase

Last Updated

17 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Steeplechase.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for steeplechase


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

More from Merriam-Webster on steeplechase

Nglish: Translation of steeplechase for Spanish Speakers Encyclopedia article about steeplechase


Test Your Vocabulary

Eponyms: Words Named After People

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!