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[ih-kwes-tree-uh n] /ɪˈkwɛs tri ən/
of or relating to horseback riding or horseback riders:
equestrian skill.
mounted on horseback:
equestrian knights.
representing a person mounted on a horse:
an equestrian statue.
pertaining to or composed of knights or mounted warriors:
an equestrian code of honor.
of or relating to the ancient Roman equites.
a person who rides horses.
Origin of equestrian
1650-60; < Latin equestri(s) (compare eques horseman) + -an
Related forms
equestrianism, noun
nonequestrian, adjective, noun
unequestrian, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for equestrian
  • Horse-crossing signs and paddocks remind drivers that this is equestrian terrain.
  • In equestrian circles, they say a horse overreaches when its hind legs extend so far forward they kick the forelegs.
  • Saddle up your horse and walk, trot or canter along one of the many wooded equestrian trails in the county.
  • In the midst of organized equestrian activities, there are also those who prefer to go out riding on their own.
  • The donation will be used to help build a multipurpose indoor football-practice complex, an equestrian center, a baseball.
  • Swimming and diving, equestrian and track and field athletes have all been dominant.
  • Hunter has been an equestrian, a bit-part actress, a filmmaker and even the inspiration for a novel.
  • The equestrian camps are generally not near the family camping areas and rarely offer access to electricity.
  • In addition to trails, five parks offer equestrian campsites and seven have fully operational saddle barns.
  • You'll find hitching posts and easy access to horseback riding trails at equestrian campgrounds.
British Dictionary definitions for equestrian


of or relating to horses and riding
on horseback; mounted
depicting or representing a person on horseback: an equestrian statue
of, relating to, or composed of Roman equites
of, relating to, or composed of knights, esp the imperial free knights of the Holy Roman Empire
a person skilled in riding and horsemanship
Derived Forms
equestrianism, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin equestris, from eques horseman, knight, from equus horse
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Word Origin and History for equestrian

1650s, formed in English from Latin equester (genitive equestris) "of a horseman," from eques "horseman, knight," from equus "horse" (see equine). As a noun, "one who rides on horseback," from 1791. The pseudo-French fem. equestrienne is attested from 1848.

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