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postilion

[poh-stil-yuh n, po-]
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noun
  1. a person who rides the left horse of the leading or only pair of horses drawing a carriage.
Also especially British, pos·til·lion.

Origin of postilion

1580–90; earlier postillon < Middle French < Italian postiglione, derivative of posta post3
Related formspos·til·ioned, adjective
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Examples from the Web for postilion

Historical Examples

  • He shouted to the postilion, and the huge, lumbering vehicle was set in motion.

    Scottish Ghost Stories

    Elliott O'Donnell

  • “At your pleasure, sir,” said the fellow, and called to the postilion accordingly.

    St. Ronan's Well

    Sir Walter Scott

  • Gaston took the purse, while a postilion unharnessed a horse and led it to him.

    The Regent's Daughter

    Alexandre Dumas (Pere)

  • If you will give your horse in charge to the postilion, we will attend you at once.

    Rookwood

    William Harrison Ainsworth

  • In five minutes we were in the saddle, with a postilion, also mounted, to accompany us.

    The Caxtons, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton


British Dictionary definitions for postilion

postilion

postillion

noun
  1. a person who rides the near horse of the leaders in order to guide a team of horses drawing a coach

Word Origin

C16: from French postillon, from Italian postiglione, from posta post ³
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