Definitions for Reinreɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. Often, reins. a leather strap fastened to each end of the bit of a bridle, by which the rider or driver controls a horse or other animal.

  2. any of certain other straps or thongs forming part of a harness.

  3. a means of curbing, controlling, or directing; check; restraint.

  4. reins, the controlling or directing power:

    the reins of government.

  5. (v.t.)to check or guide (a horse or other animal) by exerting pressure on a bridle bit by means of the reins.

  6. to curb; restrain; control.

  7. (v.i.)to rein a horse or other animal.

  8. to obey the reins.

Idioms for rein:

  1. draw rein,to curtail one's speed or progress; halt.

    Category: Idiom

  2. give (free) rein to,to give complete freedom to; indulge freely.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of rein:

1300–50; (n.) rene < OF re(s)ne < VL *retina, n. der. of L retinēre to hold back, retain

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rein(noun)

    one of a pair of long straps (usually connected to the bit or the headpiece) used to control a horse

  2. rein(verb)

    any means of control

    "he took up the reins of government"

  3. harness, rein in, draw rein, rein(verb)

    control and direct with or as if by reins

    "rein a horse"

  4. rein, rein in(verb)

    stop or slow up one's horse or oneself by or as if by pulling the reins

    "They reined in in front of the post office"

  5. rein, rein in(verb)

    stop or check by or as if by a pull at the reins

    "He reined in his horses in front of the post office"

  6. rule, harness, rein(verb)

    keep in check

    "rule one's temper"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. rein(noun)ɪn

    a long leather strap used to guide a horse

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rein(noun)

    the strap of a bridle, fastened to the curb or snaffle on each side, by which the rider or driver governs the horse

  2. Rein(noun)

    hence, an instrument or means of curbing, restraining, or governing; government; restraint

  3. Rein(verb)

    to govern or direct with the reins; as, to rein a horse one way or another

  4. Rein(verb)

    to restrain; to control; to check

  5. Rein(verb)

    to be guided by reins


  1. Rein

    Reins are items of horse tack, used to direct a horse or other animal used for riding or driving. Reins can be made of leather, nylon, metal, or other materials, and attach to a bridle via either its bit or its noseband.

Anagrams of Rein

  1. In re

Translations for Rein

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(usually in plural) one of two straps attached to a bridle for guiding a horse.

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