1 [sley]
a light vehicle on runners, usually open and generally horse-drawn, used especially for transporting persons over snow or ice.
a sled.
verb (used without object)
to travel or ride in a sleigh.

1690–1700, Americanism; < Dutch slee, variant of slede sled; cf. slide

sleigher, noun Unabridged


2 [sley]
noun, verb (used with object) Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
sleigh (sleɪ)
1.  another name for sledge
2.  (intr) to travel by sleigh
[C18: from Dutch slee, variant of sledesledge1]

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Word Origin & History

1703, Amer.Eng. and Canadian, from Du. slee, shortened from slede (see sled). Sleigh-ride is first recorded 1770; sleigh-bells is from c.1780.
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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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Example sentences
In olden days it was compulsory to have bells on the horse when drawing a sleigh.
When the celebration ends at one house, the hosts join their guests for a sleigh ride to the next neighbor.
His plain wood coffin was carried the final distance up to a rolling meadow through deep snow on a horse- drawn sleigh.
But it seems as if he jumped on a sleigh after that draft and has been skidding downhill ever since.
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