sleigh (n.) 1703, American and Canadian English, from Du. slee, shortened from slede (see SLED (Cf. sled)). Sleigh-ride is first recorded 1770; sleigh-bells is from c.1780.

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  • Sleigh — Sleigh, n. [Cf. D. & LG. slede, slee, Icel. sle?i. See {Sled}.] A vehicle moved on runners, and used for transporting persons or goods on snow or ice; in England commonly called a sledge. [1913 Webster] {Sleigh bell}, a small bell attached either …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sleigh — Sleigh, a. Sly. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sleigh — sleigh; sleigh·er; …   English syllables

  • sleigh — [n] sled bobsled, dogsled, horse sleigh, luge, sledge, toboggan; concepts 187,217 …   New thesaurus

  • sleigh — ► NOUN ▪ a sledge drawn by horses or reindeer. ► VERB ▪ ride on a sleigh. ORIGIN Dutch slee; related to SLED(Cf. ↑sledding) …   English terms dictionary

  • sleigh — ☆ sleigh [slā ] n. [Du slee, contr. of slede, a SLED] a light vehicle on runners, usually horse drawn, for carrying persons over snow and ice vi. to ride in or drive a sleigh …   English World dictionary

  • sleigh — [sleı] n [Date: 1700 1800; : Dutch; Origin: slee, from Middle Dutch sledde; SLED1] a large open vehicle with no wheels that is used for travelling over snow and is pulled along by animals →↑sledge …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sleigh — [ sleı ] noun count a vehicle that is pulled by animals and used for traveling over snow …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sleigh — n. & v. n. a sledge, esp. one for riding on. v.intr. travel on a sleigh. Phrases and idioms: sleigh bell any of a number of tinkling bells attached to the harness of a sleigh horse etc. Etymology: orig. US, f. Du. slee, rel. to SLED …   Useful english dictionary

  • sleigh — sleɪ n. open horse drawn vehicle mounted on two ski like runners and used to travel over snow or ice v. travel in a sleigh; transport in a sleigh …   English contemporary dictionary

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