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canter

can·ter

canter

 
 
pronunciation:
kaen tr
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb & intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition: a horse's gait between a trot and a gallop.
The horse's speed increased to a canter.
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part of speech: transitive verb & intransitive verb
inflections: cantered, cantering, canters
definition: to go or cause to go at a canter.
We mounted our horses again and cantered across the meadow.
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Homophone Note
Are you looking for the word cantor (a song or prayer leader)? Canter and cantor sound alike but have two different meanings.
Word History
Canter comes from the gait of the horses ridden by pilgrims on their way to the Canterbury cathedral, a famous church in England. Pilgrims made a yearly journey at an easy pace called "the Canterbury gallop."
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