Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A light vehicle mounted on runners and having one or more seats, usually drawn by a horse over snow or ice.
  • intransitive v. To ride in or drive a sleigh.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Sly
  • n. A vehicle, generally pulled by an animal, which moves over snow or ice on runners, used for transporting persons or goods. (contrast "sled", which is smaller)
  • v. To ride or drive a sleigh.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Sly.
  • n. A vehicle moved on runners, and used for transporting persons or goods on snow or ice; -- in England commonly called a sledge.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A vehicle, mounted on runners, for transporting persons on the snow or ice; a sled.
  • n. A form of drag-carriage for the transport of artillery in countries where much snow falls; also, the carriage on which heavy guns are moved when in store, by means of rollers placed underneath the carriage and worked by handspikes.
  • n. The slender fore part of the lower jaw of a whale, containing the teeth: same as coach, 5. See pan, 12.
  • To drive or take the air in a sleigh.
  • A Middle English form of sly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. ride (on) a sled
  • n. a vehicle mounted on runners and pulled by horses or dogs; for transportation over snow

Etymologies

Dutch slee, variant of slede, from Middle Dutch slēde.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Dutch slee. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Synopsis: A bunch of writers conjure the story of Satan Claus, monstrous legend of Christmas whose sleigh is pulled by eight black pigs with demonic eyes.

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  • Kincaid believed it was called a sleigh bed, and again, probably a reproduction.

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  • Above was a broad shelf, wide enough for him to lie on, and covered with an old catskin sleigh robe.

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  • a wee like a storm, and my sleigh is at the blacksmith's to be shod.

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  • Since Mr. Claus follows a rewards system based on merit rather than entitlement, the reindeer eagerly compete to be chosen for Christmas duty and the lucky eight or nine who guide his sleigh are the envy of animals all over the world.

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  • Later, seated on the warm cushions of the sleigh and skimming over the countryside, Harkins reflected proudly that his commandeering of the sleigh was a master stroke.

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  • The sleigh was a beautiful one, built of mahogany, and the pair of horses wore real silver mountings on their harness.

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  • Snugly tucked under the seat of his sleigh was a four-gallon keg and a box.

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  • Not a soul has refused; every one we've asked is going, and the sleigh is a regular old ark.

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