equestrianism

equestrian

[ih-kwes-tree-uhn]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to horseback riding or horseback riders: equestrian skill.
2.
mounted on horseback: equestrian knights.
3.
representing a person mounted on a horse: an equestrian statue.
4.
pertaining to or composed of knights or mounted warriors: an equestrian code of honor.
5.
of or pertaining to the ancient Roman equites.
noun
6.
a person who rides horses.

Origin:
1650–60; < Latin equestri(s) (compare eques horseman) + -an

equestrianism, noun
nonequestrian, adjective, noun
unequestrian, adjective
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equestrian (ɪˈkwɛstrɪən)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to horses and riding
2.  on horseback; mounted
3.  depicting or representing a person on horseback: an equestrian statue
4.  of, relating to, or composed of Roman equites
5.  of, relating to, or composed of knights, esp the imperial free knights of the Holy Roman Empire
 
n
6.  a person skilled in riding and horsemanship
 
[C17: from Latin equestris, from eques horseman, knight, from equus horse]
 
e'questrianism
 
n

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equestrian
1656, formed in Eng. from L. equester (gen. equestris) "of a horseman," from eques "horseman, knight," from equus "horse" (see equine). The pseudo-Fr. fem. equestrienne is attested from 1864.
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