- a pad or cushion attached behind a saddle, especially as a seat for a woman.
- a pad, cushion, saddle, or the like, used as a passenger seat on a bicycle, motor scooter, etc.
- a passenger's saddle or seat behind the driver's seat on a motorcycle.
Origin of pillion
1495–1505; < Scots Gaelic pillinn or Irish pillín, diminutive of peall skin, rug blanket, MIr pell < Latin pellis skin
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Examples from the Web for pillion
Oh, if you choose, I will put a pillion on Sweetbriar, and see how that works?
There was necessarily a great waste of time in getting the pillion on Sweetbriar.
Amphillis sat on the pillion, and meditated on her information as they journeyed on.The White Lady of Hazelwood
Emily Sarah Holt
“If she wishes it, I will place a pillion on my horse, and she can ride behind me,” said Oliver.The Settlers
William H. G. Kingston
In another minute Jane was seated on the pillion behind the king.Boscobel: or, the royal oak
William Harrison Ainsworth
- a seat or place behind the rider of a motorcycle, scooter, horse, etc
- on a pillionto ride pillion
C16: from Gaelic; compare Scottish pillean, Irish pillīn couch; related to Latin pellis skin
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Word Origin and History for pillion
kind of saddle, c.1500, of Celtic origin (cf. Irish pillin, Gaelic pillin), ultimately from Latin pellis "skin, pelt" (see film (n.)).
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