Definition of canter noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkæntə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæntər//
Equine sports
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  • [usually singular] a movement of a horse at a speed that is fairly fast but not very fast; a ride on a horse moving at this speed She set off at a canter. See related entries: Equine sports
  • Word Originearly 18th cent. (as a verb): short for Canterbury pace or Canterbury gallop, from the supposed easy pace of medieval pilgrims to Canterbury, a city in Kent, SE England.Idioms (in sport) without much effort; easily Last year the team won at a canter but the competition is tougher this year.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: canter

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