postilion

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

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. posticous,
  2. postictal,
  3. posticum,
  4. postie,
  5. postil,
  6. postillon,
  7. postimpressionism,
  8. postindustrial,
  9. postindustrial economy,
  10. postindustrial society

Also especially British, pos·til·lion.

Origin of postilion

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

Related formspos·til·ioned, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for postilion

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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