A cantering horse.
- The definition of a canter is the pace of a horse that is moving at a speed between a trot and a gallop.
When a horse is moving along a meadow, going a little bit faster than trotting but not quite running, the pace at which the horse is moving is an example of a canter.
- To canter is to ride a horse that is moving at a pace in between a trot and a gallop.
When you move along riding on a horse going at mid-speed, a bit faster than trotting, this is an example of a time when you canter the horse.
- a smooth, easy pace like a moderate gallop
- the rumbling sound of a cantering horse
Origin of cantercontr. ; from Canterbury gallop: in reference, refer to the pace at which pilgrims rode to Canterbury
- A smooth three-beat gait of a horse that is slower than a gallop but faster than a trot, in which the feet touch the ground in the three-beat sequence of near hind foot, off hind foot and near front foot, off front foot.
- A ride on a horse moving with this gait.
verbcan·tered, can·ter·ing, can·ters
Origin of canterUltimately from phrases such as Canterbury gallop, after Canterbury, England, toward which pilgrims rode at an easy pace.
(third-person singular simple present canters, present participle cantering, simple past and past participle cantered)
- (intransitive) To move at such pace.
- (intransitive) To cause to move at a canter; to ride (a horse) at a canter.
Short for Canterbury pace, from the supposed easy pace of medieval pilgrims to Canterbury.
cant + -er