carriage

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From Old Northern French cariage, from carier (to carry).

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carriage (plural carriages)

  1. The act of conveying; carrying.
  2. Means of conveyance.
  3. A wheeled vehicle, generally drawn by horse power.
    The carriage ride was very romantic.
  4. (UK) A rail car, esp. designed for the conveyance of passengers.
  5. (now rare) A manner of walking and moving in general; 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 [...].
    • 2010, Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22, Atlantic 2011, p. 90:
      He chose to speak largely about Vietnam [...], and his wonderfully sonorous voice was as enthralling to me as his very striking carriage and appearance.
  6. (archaic) One's behaviour, or way of conducting oneself towards others.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 407:
      He now assumed a carriage to me so very different from what he had lately worn, and so nearly resembling his behaviour the first week of our marriage, that [...] he might, possibly, have rekindled my fondness for him.
    • 1819, Lord Byron, Don Juan, I:
      Some people whisper but no doubt they lie, / For malice still imputes some private end, / That Inez had, ere Don Alfonso's marriage, / Forgot with him her very prudent carriage [...].
  7. The part of a typewriter supporting the paper.
  8. (US, New England) A shopping cart.
  9. (UK) A stroller; a baby carriage.
  10. The charge made for conveying (especially in the phrases carriage forward, when the charge is to be paid by the receiver, and carriage paid).

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carriage (not comparable)

  1. Related to a wheeled vehicle, generally drawn by horse power.
    The carriage ride was very romantic.
    • 1893, Walter Besant, The Ivory Gate, Prologue:
      Athelstan Arundel walked home […], foaming and raging. [] He walked the whole way, walking through crowds, and under the noses of dray-horses, carriage-horses, and cart-horses, without taking the least notice of them.
    • 1907, Robert W. Chambers, chapter I, The Younger Set:
      [] a delighted shout from the children swung him toward the door again. His sister, Mrs. Gerard, stood there in carriage gown and sables, radiant with surprise. ¶ "Phil!  You!  Exactly like you, Philip, to come strolling in from the antipodes—dear fellow!" recovering from the fraternal embrace and holding both lapels of his coat in her gloved hands.

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