Meaning of quadriga in English:

quadriga

noun

  • A chariot drawn by four horses harnessed abreast; especially a representation of this in sculpture, on coins, etc.

Pronunciation

quadriga

/kwɒˈdriːɡə/ /kwəˈdriːɡə/ /kwɒˈdrʌɪɡə/

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in Philemon Holland (1552–1637), translator. From classical Latin quadrīga chariot drawn by four horses harnessed abreast, singular form formed after quadrīgae (plural), contraction of quadriiugae (only recorded in grammarians), use as noun (short for quadriiugae equae mares harnessed four abreast) of feminine plural of quadriiugus (of a chariot) drawn by four horses, (of a race) involving four-horse chariots from quadri- + iugum yoke.