Meaning of “centaur” in the English Dictionary

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"centaur" in English

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centaurnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsen.tɔːr/ us /ˈsen.tɔːr/

Examples from literature

  • For instance, the fable of the centaur was invented to show, by the union of man and horse, the swiftness of human life. 
  • She imagined a determined Hungarian prairie, over which dashed disordered centaurs brandishing clubs, driving before them a band of satyrs and leaping fauns. 
  • The centaur of olden times, part horse and part man, seems to be a suggestion of the fact that the horse is something more than a beast. 
  • The design was made in hammered silver, and showed centaurs talking to cupids that are sitting on their backs. 

(Definition of “centaur” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)