pillion
I. noun Etymology: Scottish Gaelic or Irish; Scottish Gaelic pillean, diminutive of peall covering, couch; Irish pillín, diminutive of peall covering, couch Date: 1503 1. a. a light saddle for women consisting chiefly of a cushion b. a pad or cushion put on behind a man's saddle chiefly for a woman to ride on 2. chiefly British a motorcycle or bicycle saddle for a passenger II. adverb Date: 1926 chiefly British on or as if on a pillion <
ride pillion
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  • Pillion — Pil lion, n. [Ir. pillin, pilliun (akin to Gael. pillean, pillin), fr. Ir. & Gael. pill, peall, a skin or hide, prob. fr. L. pellis. See {Pell}, n., {Fell} skin.] A panel or cushion saddle; the under pad or cushion of saddle; esp., a pad or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pillion — c.1500, of Celtic origin (Cf. Ir. pillin, Gael. pillin), ultimately from L. pellis skin, pelt (see FILM (Cf. film) (n.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • pillion — ► NOUN ▪ a seat for a passenger behind a motorcyclist. ORIGIN originally denoting a woman s light saddle, or a cushion attached to a saddle for an additional passenger: from Irish pillín small cushion …   English terms dictionary

  • pillion — [pil′yən] n. [Gael pillean < peall, a hide, skin, ult. < L pellis: see FELL4] 1. a cushion attached behind a saddle for an extra rider, esp. a woman, as in medieval times 2. an extra saddle behind the driver s on a motorcycle …   English World dictionary

  • Pillion — A pillion is a secondary pad, cushion, or seat behind the main seat or saddle on a horse, motorcycle, or moped. A passenger in this seat is said to ride pillion or may themselves be referred to as a pillion. The word is derived from the Gaelic… …   Wikipedia

  • pillion — noun VERB + PILLION ▪ ride ▪ He drove his motorcycle, with me riding pillion. PILLION + NOUN ▪ seat ▪ passenger, rider …   Collocations dictionary

  • pillion — [[t]pɪ̱liən[/t]] pillions 1) ADV: ADV after v If someone rides pillion on a motorcycle or bicycle, they sit behind the person who is controlling it. She rode pillion on her son s motor bike. 2) N COUNT: oft N n On a motorcycle, the pillion is the …   English dictionary

  • pillion — /ˈpɪljən / (say pilyuhn) noun 1. a pad or cushion attached behind a saddle, especially as a seat for a woman. 2. an extra saddle behind the driver s seat on a motorcycle. –adjective 3. riding on a pillion: a pillion passenger. –adverb 4. on a… …   Australian English dictionary

  • pillion — pil|lion [ˈpıljən] n [singular] BrE [Date: 1400 1500; : Scottish Gaelic; Origin: pillean or Irish Gaelic pillin, from peall couch ] the seat behind the driver of a ↑motorcycle ▪ a pillion passenger >pillion adv ▪ Tom had never ridden pillion… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pillion — pil|lion1 [ pıljən ] noun count a seat for a passenger behind the driver of a MOTORCYCLE pillion pil|lion 2 [ pıljən ] adverb ride pillion if someone rides pillion on a MOTORCYCLE, they sit behind the driver …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • pillion — I UK [ˈpɪljən] / US noun [countable] Word forms pillion : singular pillion plural pillions a seat for a passenger behind the driver of a motorbike II UK [ˈpɪljən] / US adverb ride pillion …   English dictionary

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