Definition of chariot in English:


Pronunciation /ˈCHerēət/ /ˈtʃɛriət/

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  • 1A two-wheeled horse-drawn vehicle used in ancient warfare and racing.

    ‘As we moved through the shadows, we slipped into an ancient world of horses, chariots and camels.’
    • ‘They imported chariots and horses from Egypt and traded them on to the Neo-Hittite and Aramean kingdoms to their north and northeast.’
    • ‘He expresses the desire to retreat and Aeneas chastises him offering his own chariot as a vehicle.’
    • ‘The moons of Mars are named for the mythical horses that drew the chariot of Mars, the god of war.’
    • ‘Morgan emphasizes that these scenes show horses and chariots, the earliest such representations in fresco.’
    1. 1.1historical A four-wheeled carriage with back seats and a coachman's seat.
      ‘Also featured is a four-wheeled Thracian chariot.’
      • ‘We see men herding horses and driving horse-drawn chariots.’
      • ‘Arriving and departing for the wedding the bride and groom looked gleeful in their horse drawn chariot with driver in full regale.’
      • ‘These were two horse chariots which carried a driver and bowman.’
      • ‘No one had yet thought to build chariots or ride horses.’
    2. 1.2literary A stately or triumphal carriage.
      ‘When he picked the man up, he arrived in a horse drawn chariot, which he drove himself.’
      • ‘If they rode in on a real horse, I had a golden chariot drawn by two horses.’
      • ‘We reached the gate, where an elegant chariot pulled by two horses stood, and the pharaoh stood beside them.’

transitive verb

[with object]literary
  • Convey in or as in a chariot.

    ‘he was charioted into the Temple’
    • ‘Houses are being broken into and sacked, people are injuring each other indiscriminantly, and decent folks are charioting themselves out of town with scant success.’
    • ‘His body was unmarked and perfected from combat and charioting.’


Late Middle English from Old French, augmentative of char ‘cart’, based on Latin carrus ‘wheeled vehicle’.