ETYM French Chariot, from char car. Related to Car.
1. A light four-wheeled horse-drawn ceremonial carriage.
2. A two-wheeled horse-drawn battle vehicle; used in war and races in ancient Egypt and Greece and Rome.
Horse-drawn carriage with two wheels, used in ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, for fighting, processions, and races; it is thought to have originated in Asia. Typically, the fighting chariot contained a driver and a warrior, who would fight on foot, with the chariot providing rapid mobility.
Julius Caesar and Tacitus both write of chariots being used by the British against Roman armies in the 1st century AD. The most complete remains of a chariot found in Britain were at Llyn Cerrig Bach in Anglesey, Wales, but many parts of chariots, such as axle caps and harness mounts, have been found.
1. To ride in a chariot.
2. To transport in a chariot.