[ poh-stil-yuh n, po- ]
/ poʊˈstɪl yən, pɒ- /


a person who rides the left horse of the leading or only pair of horses drawing a carriage.
Also especially British, pos·til·lion.

Origin of postilion

1580–90; earlier postillon < Middle French < Italian postiglione, derivative of posta post3

Related forms

pos·til·ioned, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for postilion



/ (pɒˈstɪljən) /


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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