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



    BrE BrE//ˈkærɪdʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkærɪdʒ//
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  1. 1(also coach) (both British English) (North American English car) [countable] a separate section of a train for carrying passengers a railway carriage Wordfinderaisle, buffet, carriage, connection, locomotive, luggage rack, platform, station, track, train See related entries: Trains
  2. 2[countable] a road vehicle, usually with four wheels, that is pulled by one or more horses and was used in the past to carry people a horse-drawn carriage
  3. 3(British English) (also handling North American English, British English) [uncountable] (formal) the act or cost of transporting goods from one place to another £16.95 including VAT and carriage Orders are despatched within 28 days but allow time for carriage. a contract for the carriage of goods
  4. 4[countable] a moving part of a machine that supports or moves another part, for example on a typewriter a carriage return (= the act of starting a new line when typing)
  5. 5[singular] (old-fashioned) the way in which somebody holds and moves their head and body synonym bearing She showed her pedigree on her face and in her carriage.
  6. see also baby carriage, undercarriage
    Word Originlate Middle English: from Old Northern French cariage, from carier, based on Latin carrus ‘wheeled vehicle’.Extra examples A horse and carriage awaited the happy couple. All the second-class carriages were full. He flung open the carriage door. It will cost £257.00 including tax and carriage. Several people got into the carriage. She arrived at the ball in horse-drawn carriage. She asked for a non-smoking carriage. She went for a ride in the carriage that afternoon. The queen waved from her ceremonial carriage. There is a law regulating the carriage of goods by road. They could hear the sound of carriage wheels on the gravel.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: carriage