steeplechase

noun stee·ple·chase \ -ˌchās \

Definition of steeplechase

1 a : 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

steeplechaser

play \-ˌchā-sər\ noun

steeplechasing

play \-siŋ\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of steeplechase

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


STEEPLECHASE Defined for English Language Learners

steeplechase

noun

Definition of steeplechase for English Language Learners

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

  • : a race in which runners jump over fences and water


STEEPLECHASE Defined for Kids

steeplechase

noun stee·ple·chase \ ˈstē-pəl-ˌchās \

Definition of steeplechase for Students

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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