Ultimately from Latin equester (“of or pertaining to equestrians/cavalry”) + -ianus (“-ian, related to”, adjective marker), from equus (“horse”).
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equestrian (comparative more equestrian, superlative most equestrian)
- Of horseback riding or horseback riders.
- They were an equestrian people.
- After his death an equestrian statue was erected.
- 1973, Alfred W. Crosby, The Columbian Exchange, Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, →ISBN, page 82:
- The society of colonial Spanish-America was one of the most equestrian in all history, and, to a very great extent, its existence depended on the adaptability of the Old World horse to New World conditions.
- (historical) Of or relating to the ancient Roman class of equites.
of horseback riding or horseback riders
equestrian (plural equestrians)
- One who rides a horse.
- Synonyms: horseman, horserider
- (historical) Synonym of eques
an equestrian person; one who rides on horseback