Float Meanings

Coming from the Italian carrozza, the term float can refer to a large horse- drawn carriage, which stands out for its ornamentation. It is, in this case, a type of carriage.

Created in the 11th century, floats were always luxurious vehicles, used by rich or powerful people. Many times they were pulled by more than four horses, unlike other carts or carriages that could be mobilized by a single animal.

Employed by royal families, floats with gold trim and velvet covers were created. Today floats are often used in important ceremonies to transport members of a monarchy.

Without a doubt, one of the most important and well-known floats in the world of literature and cinema is that of Cinderella. It is about that vehicle that her fairy godmother created by making magic from the use of various elements. Thus a pumpkin became the carriage and several mice became beautiful horses that pulled it.

Thanks to that vehicle, the young Cinderella was able to go to the prince’s ball to meet him and that love arose between them. Of course, being a magical float it had a singularity: when the clock struck twelve at night it would return to what it was, a pumpkin and rodents.

The hearse is also often called a hearse: the vehicle used to take a corpse to the cemetery. The funeral carriages have an extensive chassis that allows them to carry the coffin and transport the floral arrangements that are deposited with the deceased as a tribute.

In the same way, we cannot overlook the fact that the term float is also used to refer to each and every one of the vehicles that are part of a parade. Thus, floats are vehicles of different sizes and appearances that make up the Three Kings parade and so are those that make up the Madrid Gay Pride parade, for example.
Tractors, trucks, buses or vans thus become floats and they do so because they transform aesthetically speaking.

In the field of nautical, the frame that is covered with a cover is called a float to protect certain sectors of a boat from the elements. These floats are usually made of wood or iron and have a tarp that provides protection from the rain.

According to DigoPaul, the concept of a float, on the other hand, appears in the title of several artistic works. “Chariots of Fire”, for example, is a British film that was released in 1981 and won numerous awards. “Waiting for the float”, for its part, is a famous Uruguayan play that had a film adaptation in Argentina.

In the same way, we cannot overlook either that in Spain the term float is used in a popular and colloquial way with another meaning. Specifically, it is used as a synonym for older person and even for “face.” An example would be the following: Luis is already a float and does not understand youth.