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pillion

[pil-yuh n] /ˈpɪl yən/
noun
1.
a pad or cushion attached behind a saddle, especially as a seat for a woman.
2.
a pad, cushion, saddle, or the like, used as a passenger seat on a bicycle, motor scooter, etc.
3.
a passenger's saddle or seat behind the driver's seat on a motorcycle.
Origin of pillion
1495-1505
1495-1505; < Scots Gaelic pillinn or Irish pillín, diminutive of peall skin, rug blanket, MIr pell < Latin pellis skin
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  • Oh, if you choose, I will put a pillion on Sweetbriar, and see how that works?

    Dulcibel Henry Peterson
  • There was necessarily a great waste of time in getting the pillion on Sweetbriar.

    Dulcibel Henry Peterson
  • Amphillis sat on the pillion, and meditated on her information as they journeyed on.

    The White Lady of Hazelwood Emily Sarah Holt
  • “If she wishes it, I will place a pillion on my horse, and she can ride behind me,” said Oliver.

    The Settlers William H. G. Kingston
  • In another minute Jane was seated on the pillion behind the king.

    Boscobel: or, the royal oak William Harrison Ainsworth
  • To this sympathetic remark from the pillion, the saddle made no reply.

    Barry Lyndon William Makepeace Thackeray
  • I s'pose they hated the idee of gettin' off of that pillion, and onhitchin' that ox.

    Sweet Cicely Josiah Allen's Wife: Marietta Holley
  • Why not send for Mr. Boyce, and carry her off at once on a pillion behind you?

    The Small House at Allington

    Anthony Trollope
  • The farmer traveled on horseback with his wife on the pillion behind.

    The Story of American History Albert F. Blaisdell
  • Metcalfe smiled as he heard the latch lifted, and took the pillion from her.

    The Strange Story Book Mrs. Andrew Lang
British Dictionary definitions for pillion

pillion

/ˈpɪljən/
noun
1.
a seat or place behind the rider of a motorcycle, scooter, horse, etc
adverb
2.
on a pillion: to ride pillion
Word Origin
C16: from Gaelic; compare Scottish pillean, Irish pillīn couch; related to Latin pellis skin
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Word Origin and History for pillion
n.

kind of saddle, c.1500, of Celtic origin (cf. Irish pillin, Gaelic pillin), ultimately from Latin pellis "skin, pelt" (see film (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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