postilion

[ poh-stil-yuhn, po- ]
/ poʊˈstɪl yən, pɒ- /

noun

a person who rides the left horse of the leading or only pair of horses drawing a carriage.

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Also especially British, pos·til·lion .

Origin of postilion

1580–90; earlier postillon<Middle French <Italian postiglione, derivative of postapost3

OTHER WORDS FROM postilion

pos·til·ioned, adjective
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postilion

postillion

/ (pɒˈstɪljən) /

noun

a person who rides the near horse of the leaders in order to guide a team of horses drawing a coach

Word Origin for postilion

C16: from French postillon, from Italian postiglione, from posta post ³
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