- a basket, especially a large one, for carrying goods, provisions, etc.
- a basket for carrying on a person's back, or one of a pair to be slung across the back of a beast of burden.
- a similar type of bag, usually one of a pair, fastened over a bicycle's rear wheel.
- (on a dress, skirt, etc.) a puffed arrangement of drapery at the hips.
- an oval framework formerly used for distending the skirt of a woman's dress at the hips.
Origin of pannier
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Examples from the Web for panier
Gorgius made no answer at first, but put his panier on the ground.The Death of the Gods
He said, with a critical eye that her panier was just the thing.London's Heart
B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
Monsieur—somehow, I say—it found its way into the panier with the head of Bibi-Ri.Where the Pavement Ends
One of the roses had remained fixed in the stiff fold of her panier.The Tangled Skein
Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
Ask her to let you see that red velvet dress that she got made on purpose, and the panier.The Old Countess; or, The Two Proposals
Ann S. Stephens
- a large basket, esp one of a pair slung over a beast of burden
- one of a pair of bags slung either side of the back wheel of a motorcycle, bicycle, etc
- (esp in the 18th century)
- a hooped framework to distend a woman's skirt
- one of two puffed-out loops of material worn drawn back onto the hips to reveal the underskirt
C13: from Old French panier, from Latin pānārium basket for bread, from pānis bread
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Word Origin and History for panier
late 13c., "large basket for provisions," from Old French panier "basket," from Latin panarium "bread basket," from panis "bread" (see food).
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