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[kan-ter] /ˈkæn tər/
noun
1.
an easy gallop.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
2.
to move or ride at a canter.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; short for Canterbury to ride at a pace like that of Canterbury pilgrims
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  • Reading descriptions of his races, it says he cantered home, or won easing up.
British Dictionary definitions for cantered

canter

/ˈkæntə/
noun
1.
an easy three-beat gait of horses, etc, between a trot and a gallop in speed
2.
at a canter, easily; without effort: he won at a canter
verb
3.
to move or cause to move at a canter
Word Origin
C18: short for Canterbury trot, the supposed pace at which pilgrims rode to Canterbury
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Word Origin and History for cantered

canter

v.

1706, from a contraction of Canterbury gallop (1630s), "easy pace at which pilgrims ride to Canterbury" (q.v.). Related: Cantered; cantering.

n.

1755, from canter (v.).

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Encyclopedia Article for cantered

canter

a three-beat collected gait of a horse during which one or the other of the forelegs and both hind legs lead practically together, followed by the other foreleg and then a complete suspension when all four legs are off the ground

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