Definition of “horse” - English Dictionary

“horse” in British English

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horsenoun

uk /hɔːs/ us /hɔːrs/

horse noun (ANIMAL)

A1 [ C ] a large animal with four legs that people ride on or use for carrying things or pulling vehicles:

to ride a horse
a horse and cart
the horses [ plural ] informal

horse races where you try to win money by correctly guessing which horse will win:

He spends all his money on the horses.

More examples

  • He climbed onto his horse and set off at a relaxed trot down the lane.
  • My horse is a bit timid and is easily frightened by traffic.
  • We heard horses clip-clopping along the road.
  • A total of 21 horses were entered for the race.
  • It's a beautiful horse but a bit too frisky for an inexperienced rider.

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

“horse” in American English

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horsenoun [ C ]

us /hɔrs/

a large animal with four legs that people ride on and which, esp. in the past, was used for pulling vehicles and carrying loads:

She taught him how to ride a horse.

(Definition of “horse” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)