or postillion noun Etymology: Middle French postillon mail carrier using post-horses, from Italian postiglione, from posta post — more at post Date: circa 1611 one who rides as a guide on the near horse of one of the pairs attached to a coach or post chaise especially without a coachman

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  • Postilion — Pos*til ion, n. [F. postillon, It. postiglione, fr. posta post. See {Post} a postman.] One who rides and guides the first pair of horses of a coach or post chaise; also, one who rides one of the horses when one pair only is used. [Written also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • postilion — (also postillion) ► NOUN ▪ the rider of the leading nearside horse of a team or pair drawing a coach, when there is no coachman. ORIGIN French postillon, from Italian postiglione post boy …   English terms dictionary

  • postilion — or postillion [pōs til′yən, pästil′yən] n. [Fr postillon < It postiglione < posta, POST3] 1. a person who rides the left hand horse of the leaders of a four horse carriage 2. one who rides the left hand horse of a two horse carriage when… …   English World dictionary

  • Postilion — NOTOC A postilion (or postillion, occasionally Anglicized to post boy ) rider was the driver of a horse drawn coach or post chaise, mounted on one of the drawing horses. [ [ Definition of postillion by… …   Wikipedia

  • postilion — postilioned, adj. /poh stil yeuhn, po /, n. a person who rides the left horse of the leading or only pair of horses drawing a carriage. Also, esp. Brit., postillion. [1580 90; earlier postillon < MF < It postiglione, deriv. of posta POST3] * * * …   Universalium

  • postilion — noun A rider mounted on the near, leading horse pulling a carriage who guides the team …   Wiktionary

  • postilion —   …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • postilion — pos·til·i·on || pÉ™ stɪlɪən n. messenger, postal rider, one who rides on a mail carriage …   English contemporary dictionary

  • postilion — [pɒ stɪlɪən] (also postillion) noun a person who rides the leading nearside horse of a team or pair drawing a coach or carriage, when there is no coachman. Origin C16 (in the sense forerunner acting as guide to the post horse rider ): from Fr.… …   English new terms dictionary

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