What does Riding mean?

Definitions for Riding
ˈraɪ dɪŋrid·ing

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Riding.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. riding, horseback riding, equitationnoun

    the sport of siting on the back of a horse while controlling its movements

  2. riding, horseback ridingnoun

    travel by being carried on horseback


  1. ridingnoun

    A path cut through woodland.

  2. ridingnoun

    Historically, one of the three administrative divisions of Yorkshire and some other northern counties.

  3. ridingnoun

    Electoral district or constituency.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Ridingnoun

    A district visited by an officer.

    Etymology: from ride.

  2. Ridingparticip. adj.

    Employed to travel on any occasion.

    It is provided by another provincial constitution, that no suffragan bishop shall have more than one riding apparitor, and that archdeacons shall not have so much as one riding apparitor, but only a foot messenger. John Ayliffe, Parergon.


  1. Riding

    Riding is a homonym of two distinct English words:


  1. riding

    Riding can refer to several different activities, but its most common definition is the act of sitting on or controlling an animal, vehicle, or device for transportation or recreational purposes. Riding can include activities such as horseback riding, bike riding, motorcycle riding, or even riding a roller coaster. It typically involves the movement or traversal of a person from one point to another while utilizing some means of locomotion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Riding

    of Ride

  2. Ridingnoun

    one of the three jurisdictions into which the county of York, in England, is divided; -- formerly under the government of a reeve. They are called the North, the East, and the West, Riding

  3. Ridingadjective

    employed to travel; traveling; as, a riding clerk

  4. Ridingadjective

    used for riding on; as, a riding horse

  5. Ridingadjective

    used for riding, or when riding; devoted to riding; as, a riding whip; a riding habit; a riding day

  6. Ridingnoun

    the act or state of one who rides

  7. Ridingnoun

    a festival procession

  8. Ridingnoun

    same as Ride, n., 3

  9. Ridingnoun

    a district in charge of an excise officer

  10. Etymology: [For thriding, Icel. rijungr the third part, fr. rii third, akin to E. third. See Third.]


  1. Riding

    A riding is an administrative jurisdiction or electoral district, particularly in several current or former Commonwealth countries.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Riding

    rī′ding, n. one of the three divisions of the county of York. [A corr. of thriding—Ice. þridjungr, the third, þriði, third, þrir, three.]

Editors Contribution

  1. ridingnoun

    In Canada, an electoral district for Parliament (federal) or a provincial Legislature.

    John Doe was the successful candidate in the riding of Ottawa-Centre.

    Etymology: Old English thriding from Old Norse thrithjungr.

    Submitted by Greying_Geezer on February 2, 2023  

Etymology and Origins

  1. Riding

    A Danish division of the county of Yorkshire corresponding to the Lincolnshire Trithing, of which it is a corruption, signifying a third part.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Riding is ranked #21470 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Riding surname appeared 1,217 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Riding.

    90.2% or 1,098 total occurrences were White.
    5.5% or 68 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 29 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.8% or 10 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Riding' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4165

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Riding in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Riding in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Riding in a Sentence

  1. Bryan Cranston:

    There were about eight or so people, and there was a man in the middle on a horse, but he wasn’t holding his own reins — there was someone on the horse in front holding the reins — and Charlie, I guessed, was this comatose, bearded, long-haired guy with big eyes riding as if he’s just stuck to the back of a horse. Totally zoned out. You couldn’t take your eyes off him, my cousin turned back to me and said, ‘Wow, that guy’s weird.’ When we passed him and their whole group, she turned around again and said, ‘That must be Charlie,’ and I said, ‘Yeah … and Charlie’s freaky!’ We didn’t think anything of it.

  2. Neal Dunn:

    You haven't got anywhere to go( if the bridges close), and then you're riding it out in your car instead of something else. So, we need the residents to be leaving today because by this evening, those bridges are going to be in peril of being closed.

  3. Augustin Eden:

    Bargain-hunting traders and investors might well be eyeing up some very reasonably priced stocks that have been the victims of recent China-inspired volatility, while the fact remains that commodities are still under immense pressure and those who dig them up are too, blue-chip stocks trading at a discount like Glencore's provide an ideal vehicle for riding price swings.

  4. Carl Benedikt Frey:

    Someone standing on a bus with a microphone and someone riding on a horse with you across the Alps are very different, the first is quite automatable, the second is not.

  5. Ruben Barry Hubbard:

    I know a plane's fast where it takes you, but if you really want to relax yourself, this is what you need to do, when you're on the train, especially one of these supertrains, these high-riding trains, you can see out the windows. ... It's really nice.

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