carriage

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English[edit]

an old carriage
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Borrowed from Old Northern French cariage, from carier (to carry).

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carriage (countable and uncountable, 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. (Britain) A rail car, especially one designed for the conveyance of passengers.
    • 1967, Sleigh, Barbara, Jessamy, 1993 edition, Sevenoaks, Kent: Bloomsbury, ISBN 0 340 19547 9, page 7:
      When the long, hot journey drew to its end and the train slowed down for the last time, there was a stir in Jessamy’s carriage. People began to shake crumbs from their laps and tidy themselves up a little.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:carriage.
  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 [...].
    • 1942, Emily Carr, The Book of Small, "Characters," [1]
      In spite of her erect carriage she could flop to her knees to pray as smart as any of us.
    • 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.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:carriage.
  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 [...].
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:carriage.
  7. The part of a typewriter supporting the paper.
  8. (US, New England) A shopping cart.
  9. (Britain) 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).
  11. (archaic) That which is carried, baggage

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