or pan·ier

[pan-yer, -ee-er]
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  1. a basket, especially a large one, for carrying goods, provisions, etc.
  2. 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.
  3. a similar type of bag, usually one of a pair, fastened over a bicycle's rear wheel.
  4. (on a dress, skirt, etc.) a puffed arrangement of drapery at the hips.
  5. 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 pannier

Historical Examples of pannier

  • At least, matters are no worse than when you were in the pannier.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • At any moment her presence in that pannier might be betrayed.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • And to the men upon the waist-deck he shouted, "Open me that pannier."

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • Chemerant was in the room of the Gascon when the pannier was brought in.

  • I fear my beautiful specimens are spoiled in the pannier here.

    Trapped by Malays

    George Manville Fenn

British Dictionary definitions for pannier


  1. a large basket, esp one of a pair slung over a beast of burden
  2. one of a pair of bags slung either side of the back wheel of a motorcycle, bicycle, etc
  3. (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 pannier

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