1388, "a sledge used for transport of heavy goods," from M.Du. sledde "sled," from P.Gmc. *slido (cf. O.S. slido, O.N. sleði, Dan. slæde, Swed. släde, O.H.G. slito, Ger. Schlitten "sledge"), from the same root as O.E. slidan (see slide). In ref. to a sledge used for travel or recreation, it is attested from 1586, now mainly Amer.Eng. The verb meaning "ride on a sled" is first attested 1780.
vehicle usually drawn by either horses or dogs over ice or snow in winter. Its predecessor, the sledge, in the form of the travois and the sidecar, is believed to have been the first vehicle used by humans.
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