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chariot

[char-ee-uh t] /ˈtʃær i ət/
noun
1.
a light, two-wheeled vehicle for one person, usually drawn by two horses and driven from a standing position, used in ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, etc., in warfare, racing, hunting, etc.
2.
a light, four-wheeled pleasure carriage.
3.
any stately carriage.
4.
Facetious. an automobile.
verb (used with object)
5.
to convey in a chariot.
verb (used without object)
6.
to ride in or drive a chariot.
Origin of chariot
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English < Middle French, Old French, equivalent to char car1 + -iot diminutive suffix
Related forms
chariotlike, adjective
unchariot, verb (used with object)
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  • Sir William had sent his horse home, and would return in the chariot with his lady.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • And I looked and saw the chariot and horses, of which the voice had spoken.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • He saw the chariot of Nestor go dashing by, dragged by sweating horses, and he knew that a wounded man was in the chariot.

  • My uncle was going home, and it was delivered to him just as he stepped into his chariot.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • chariot of Elijah, fiery chariot, carry my words that they may fall like thunder into the hearts of men.

    Jeremiah Stefan Zweig
  • On the day after that there were chariot races in a wide place outside the walls.

    Buried Cities, Part 2 Jennie Hall
  • This chariot race to the hotel, a distance of over a mile, happily ended without accident or collision.

    A Trip to the Orient Robert Urie Jacob
  • As soon as his feet touched the chariot floor, it turned into solid gold.

    Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
  • The ape, baffled, pursues his way; the chariot is replaced on the earth.

    History of Phoenicia George Rawlinson
British Dictionary definitions for chariot

chariot

/ˈtʃærɪət/
noun
1.
a two-wheeled horse-drawn vehicle used in ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, etc, in war, races, and processions
2.
a light four-wheeled horse-drawn ceremonial carriage
3.
(poetic) any stately vehicle
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, augmentative of charcar
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Word Origin and History for chariot
n.

mid-14c., from Old French charriot "wagon" (13c.), augmentative of char "car," from Late Latin carrum "chariot" (see car).

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Slang definitions & phrases for chariot

chariot

noun

A car (1930s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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chariot in the Bible

a vehicle generally used for warlike purposes. Sometimes, though but rarely, it is spoken of as used for peaceful purposes. The first mention of the chariot is when Joseph, as a mark of distinction, was placed in Pharaoh's second state chariot (Gen. 41:43); and the next, when he went out in his own chariot to meet his father Jacob (46:29). Chariots formed part of the funeral procession of Jacob (50:9). When Pharaoh pursued the Israelites he took 600 war-chariots with him (Ex. 14:7). The Canaanites in the valleys of Palestine had chariots of iron (Josh. 17:18; Judg. 1:19). Jabin, the king of Canaan, had 900 chariots (Judg. 4:3); and in Saul's time the Philistines had 30,000. In his wars with the king of Zobah and with the Syrians, David took many chariots among the spoils (2 Sam. 8:4; 10:18). Solomon maintained as part of his army 1,400 chariots (1 Kings 10:26), which were chiefly imported from Egypt (29). From this time forward they formed part of the armies of Israel (1 Kings 22:34; 2 Kings 9:16, 21; 13:7, 14; 18:24; 23:30). In the New Testament we have only one historical reference to the use of chariots, in the case of the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts. 8:28, 29, 38). This word is sometimes used figuratively for hosts (Ps. 68:17; 2 Kings 6:17). Elijah, by his prayers and his counsel, was "the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof." The rapid agency of God in the phenomena of nature is also spoken of under the similitude of a chariot (Ps. 104:3; Isa. 66:15; Hab. 3:8). Chariot of the cherubim (1 Chr. 28:18), the chariot formed by the two cherubs on the mercy-seat on which the Lord rides. Chariot cities were set apart for storing the war-chariots in time of peace (2 Chr. 1:14). Chariot horses were such as were peculiarly fitted for service in chariots (2 Kings 7:14). Chariots of war are described in Ex. 14:7; 1 Sam. 13:5; 2 Sam. 8:4; 1 Chr. 18:4; Josh. 11:4; Judg. 4:3, 13. They were not used by the Israelites till the time of David. Elijah was translated in a "chariot of fire" (2 Kings 2:11). Comp. 2 Kings 6:17. This vision would be to Elisha a source of strength and encouragement, for now he could say, "They that be with us are more than they that be with them."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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