Chariot (carriage)

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Chariot on display in the Czech Republic
State Chariot, Lisbon, 1908.

The chariot that evolved from the ancient vehicle of this name (see Chariot) took on two main forms:

  • A light, four-wheeled, horse-drawn carriage having a coach box and back seats only, popular in the early 19th century.
  • A vehicle for conveying persons especially in state, such as a triumphal car or a coach of state. This stately but manoeuvrable horse carriage was used for ceremonial occasions or for pleasure.

A chariotee was a light, covered, four-wheeled pleasure carriage with two seats.[1]

A post chariot was a carriage for traveling post. The term was used specifically for a kind of light four-wheeled carriage with a driver's seat in front.[2][3]

A vehicle such as a cart or wagon for transporting goods was also sometimes called a chariot.