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[pan-yer, -ee-er] /ˈpæn yər, -i ər/


or panier

[pan-yer, -ee-er] /ˈpæn yər, -i ər/
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
1250-1300; Middle English panier < Middle French < Latin pānārium breadbasket, equivalent to pān(is) bread + -ārium -ary; see -ier2
Related forms
panniered, adjective
unpanniered, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for panier
Historical Examples
  • The panier in which the pigeons drowsed was probably taken for a collection of costumes and properties.

  • One of the roses had remained fixed in the stiff fold of her panier.

    The Tangled Skein Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  • He said, with a critical eye that her panier was just the thing.

    London's Heart B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • Ask her to let you see that red velvet dress that she got made on purpose, and the panier.

  • Monsieur—somehow, I say—it found its way into the panier with the head of Bibi-Ri.

  • The answer is that the original comparison was to a "panier percé," a basket which won't hold anything.

  • Gorgius made no answer at first, but put his panier on the ground.

    The Death of the Gods Dmitri Mrejkowski
  • The panier with which it pleases the ladies of the period to protuberate their persons was of Chinese origin.

  • Mr. Matchett asked me the other day if I couldn't wear a panier, and do up my hair a little more stylish!

    The Other Girls Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  • We're three already, you see, and I don't want people to take my carriage for a panier salade.

British Dictionary definitions for panier


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)
  1. a hooped framework to distend a woman's skirt
  2. one of two puffed-out loops of material worn drawn back onto the hips to reveal the underskirt
Word Origin
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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