or pan·ier

[ pan-yer, -ee-er ]
/ ˈpæn yər, -i ər /


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.

Nearby words

  1. panniculectomy,
  2. panniculitis,
  3. panniculus,
  4. panniculus adiposus,
  5. panniculus carnosus,
  6. pannikin,
  7. pannikin boss,
  8. panning shot,
  9. pannini,
  10. pannini, giovanni paolo

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

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British Dictionary definitions for pannier


/ (ˈpænɪə) /


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

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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).

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