canter

1 [kan-ter]
noun
1.
an easy gallop.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
2.
to move or ride at a canter.

Origin:
1745–55; short for Canterbury to ride at a pace like that of Canterbury pilgrims

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canter (ˈkæntə)
 
n
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
 
vb
3.  to move or cause to move at a canter
 
[C18: short for Canterbury trot, the supposed pace at which pilgrims rode to Canterbury]

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canter
1706, contraction of Canterbury gallop (1630s), "easy pace at which pilgrims rode to Canterbury" (q.v.).
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