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Definition of "bridle" []

  • A harness, consisting of a headstall, bit, and reins, fitted about a horse's head and used to restrain or guide the animal. (noun)
  • A curb or check: put a bridle on spending. (noun)
  • Nautical A span of chain, wire, or rope that can be secured at both ends to an object and slung from its center point. (noun)
  • To put a bridle on. (verb-transitive)
  • To control or restrain with or as if with a bridle. See Synonyms at restrain. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bridle" in a sentence
  • "Jenny twitched the bridle from the perspiring groom and minced up to the prisoner."
  • "I ceased treating her too kindly - snubbing, and riding with a curb-bridle, is what she needs."
  • "Yet I dare say the chorus of a musical comedy would not be awestruck -- would, indeed, 'bridle' -- if one unrolled to them their illustrious pedigree."