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  1. a saddle for women on which the rider sits, facing forward, usually with both feet on the left side of the horse.
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  1. seated on a sidesaddle: The girl hunted sidesaddle.
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Origin of sidesaddle

1485–95; earlier syd saddyl. See side1, saddle
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Examples from the Web for side-saddle

Historical Examples

  • For this an English side-saddle was procured—she was properly equipped and mounted.

    Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)

    Maria Edgeworth

  • Accidents, indeed, in the side-saddle, are of extremely rare occurrence.

  • I can but answer yes, for I have been; but am I not to have my trunk and side-saddle?

    Buffalo Bill's Spy Trailer

    Colonel Prentiss Ingraham

  • I have sent Taters on horseback with a led horse and a side-saddle for you.

    Victor's Triumph

    Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth

  • I put a side-saddle on the beast; and a woman's skirt on myself.


    Henry Peterson

British Dictionary definitions for side-saddle


  1. a riding saddle originally designed for women riders in skirts who sit with both legs on the near side of the horse
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  1. on or as if on a side-saddleto be riding side-saddle
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Word Origin and History for side-saddle


"saddle made for the occupant to ride on with both feet on the same side of the horse," used chiefly by women, late 15c., from side (adj.) + saddle (n.).

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