An equestrian is an expert horseback rider. If you only go riding for an hour while on vacation you aren't an equestrian, but the person leading the group and riding the flashy horse probably is.

When you know that equus is the Latin word for "horse," the meaning of equestrian becomes clear. An equestrian is someone who is involved with horses. You can also use it as an adjective to describe anything having to do with horseback riding. An aspiring equestrian may have to give up socializing with friends in favor of equestrian duties like grooming horses.

Definitions of equestrian
  1. adjective
    of or relating to or featuring horseback riding
  2. noun
    a person skilled in riding horses
    synonyms: horseback rider, horseman
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    the horseman who pricks the bull with a lance early in the bullfight to goad the bull and to make it keep its head low
    bronco buster, broncobuster, buster
    a person who breaks horses
    fox hunter
    a mounted hunter who follows the hounds in pursuit of a fox
    a woman horseman
    someone employed to ride horses in horse races
    postilion, postillion
    someone who rides the near horse of a pair in order to guide the horses pulling a carriage (especially a carriage without a coachman)
    a horseman skilled at breaking wild horses to the saddle
    type of:
    a traveler who actively rides an animal (as a horse or camel)
  3. adjective
    of or relating to or composed of knights
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