[pan-yer, -ee-er]



or pan·ier

[pan-yer, -ee-er]


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 formspan·niered, adjectiveun·pan·niered, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for panier

Historical Examples of panier

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

    The Death of the Gods

    Dmitri Mrejkowski

  • 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.

  • 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.

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 for pannier

C13: from Old French panier, from Latin pānārium basket for bread, from pānis bread
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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