Definition of charioteer in English:



  • 1A chariot driver.

    • ‘May thy sons be brave, victorious, good charioteers and worthy of sitting in councils of men.’
    • ‘The most important of all is a lampstand - complete with bronze legs made to look like horses' feet which archaeologists suspect may have been buried along with a famous charioteer.’
    • ‘It was designed to stop any direct assault on the fort by chariots, slowing them enough to leave the charioteers exposed to attack from the warriors manning the ramparts, who would then use slingshots to rain down stones and rocks.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the charioteers then move away and place their chariots in such a way that the warriors can easily get back on them if they are hard pressed by the size of the enemy.’
    • ‘Although some of its elements developed earlier in Mesopotamia, full body armour was apparently first used by Mycenaean Greek charioteers in the last few centuries of the Bronze Age.’
    1. 1.1the CharioteerThe constellation Auriga.


Middle English from Old French charieter, from chariot ‘large cart’ (see chariot). The sense in astronomy dates from the early 20th century.