carriage – Wiktionary

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carriage - Wiktionary




From Center English cariage, from Outdated Northern French cariage, from carier (to hold).



carriage (countable and uncountable, plural carriages)

  1. The act of conveying; carrying.
  2. Technique of conveyance.
  3. A wheeled automobile, typically drawn by horse energy.
    The carriage journey was very romantic.
  4. (Britain) A rail automotive, particularly one designed for the conveyance of passengers.
    • 1967, Sleigh, Barbara, Jessamy, 1993 version, Sevenoaks, Kent: Bloomsbury, →ISBN, web page 7:

      When the lengthy, scorching journey drew to its finish and the prepare slowed down for the final time, there was a stir in Jessamy’s carriage. Folks started to shake crumbs from their laps and tidy themselves up just a little.

    • For extra quotations utilizing this time period, see Citations:carriage.
  5. (now uncommon) A fashion of strolling and shifting generally; how one carries oneself, bearing, gait.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.i:
      His carriage was full comely and vpright, / His countenaunce demure and temperate […].
    • 1942, Emily Carr, The Guide of Small, “Characters,” [1]
      Despite her erect carriage she may flop to her knees to hope as good as any of us.
    • 2010, Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22, Atlantic 2011, p. 90:
      He selected to talk largely about Vietnam […], and his splendidly sonorous voice was as enthralling to me as his very hanging carriage and look.
    • For extra quotations utilizing this time period, see Citations:carriage.
  6. (archaic) One’s behaviour, or method of conducting oneself in the direction of others.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 407:
      He now assumed a carriage to me so very totally different from what he had recently worn, and so practically resembling his behaviour the primary week of our marriage, that [] he may, probably, have rekindled my fondness for him.
    • 1819, Lord Byron, Don Juan, I:
      Some individuals whisper however little question they lie, / For malice nonetheless imputes some non-public finish, / That Inez had, ere Don Alfonso’s marriage, / Forgot with him her very prudent carriage […].
    • For extra quotations utilizing this time period, see Citations:carriage.
  7. The a part of a typewriter supporting the paper.
  8. (US, New England) A procuring cart.
  9. (Britain) A stroller; a child carriage.
  10. The cost made for conveying (particularly within the phrases carriage ahead, when the cost is to be paid by the receiver, and carriage paid).
  11. (archaic) That which is carried, baggage


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