the frame of a saddle.

Origin of saddletree

First recorded in 1375–1425, saddletree is from the late Middle English word sadeltre. See saddle, tree Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for saddle-tree

Historical Examples of saddle-tree

  • “Nope,” replied the other, settling himself on a saddle-tree.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • This is also the form of the saddle-tree used by the Russian and Austrian cavalry.

    The Prairie Traveler

    Randolph Marcy

  • Splinters of wood flew about my face; they were fragments of the saddle-tree.

    The War Trail

    Mayne Reid

  • It was my good fortune to be watchman in the saddle-tree shop.

  • You can't use an English saddle-tree, of course, and I hate it anyway, and one like yours is too big.

British Dictionary definitions for saddle-tree



the frame of a saddle
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Word Origin and History for saddle-tree

"framework of a saddle," early 15c., from saddle (n.) + tree (n.) in the "wood" sense.

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