Origin of saddleback

First recorded in 1535–45; saddle + back1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for saddle back


  1. a marking resembling a saddle on the backs of various animals
  2. a breed of black pig with a white band across its back
  3. a rare bird of New Zealand, Philesturnus carunculatus, having a chestnut-coloured saddle-shaped marking across its back and wings
  4. another name for saddle roof
  5. another name for col (def. 1)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for saddle back



1540s and thereafter in various senses (of landforms, oysters, etc.), from saddle (n.) + back (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

saddle back in Medicine

saddle back

  1. lordosis
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.