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



carriage (countable and uncountable, plural carriages)

Carriage render
  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, 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 quotations using this term, see Citations:carriage.
  5. The manner or posture in which one holds or positions a body part, such as one's arm or head.
    The runner has a very low arm carriage.
  6. (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 quotations using this term, see Citations:carriage.
  7. (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 quotations using this term, see Citations:carriage.
  8. The part of a typewriter supporting the paper.
  9. (US, New England) A shopping cart.
  10. (Britain) A stroller; a baby carriage.
  11. The charge made for conveying (especially in the phrases carriage forward, when the charge is to be paid by the receiver, and carriage paid).
    Synonyms: freight, freightage, cartage, charge, rate
  12. (archaic) That which is carried, baggage


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