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[sad-l-tree] /ˈsæd lˌtri/
the frame of a saddle.
Origin of saddletree
late Middle English
First recorded in 1375-1425, saddletree is from the late Middle English word sadeltre. See saddle, tree Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • “Nope,” replied the other, settling himself on a saddle-tree.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • This is also the form of the saddle-tree used by the Russian and Austrian cavalry.

    The Prairie Traveler Randolph Marcy
  • Splinters of wood flew about my face; they were fragments of the saddle-tree.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • It was my good fortune to be watchman in the saddle-tree shop.

  • You can't use an English saddle-tree, of course, and I hate it anyway, and one like yours is too big.

    The Boy With the U. S. Foresters Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • She noticed for the first time that he had uncased his rifle and was holding it across the saddle-tree.

    Brand Blotters William MacLeod Raine
  • Here he revealed his shield, then unbuckled his belt, containing a pair of pistols, and hung them over the saddle-tree.

    The Red Debt

    Everett MacDonald
  • He scarcely sat in the saddle-tree—from hat to spurs you might have drawn a perpendicular line.


    George Washington Cable
  • Staples are small metal loops which are fixed to the front part of the saddle-tree.

    The Horsewoman Alice M. Hayes
  • The saddle-tree is hung with silver rings, fore and aft, to answer all the requirements of the vaquero in lacing up his riata.

British Dictionary definitions for saddle-tree


the frame of a saddle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for saddle-tree

"framework of a saddle," early 15c., from saddle (n.) + tree (n.) in the "wood" sense.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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