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postilion

Syllabification: pos·til·ion
Pronunciation: /pəˈstilyən, pō-
 
/
(also postillion)

Definition of postilion in English:

noun

A person who rides the leading left-hand horse of a team or pair drawing a coach or carriage, especially when there is no coachman.
Example sentences
  • On the journey to London the carriage overturns, Thomas the postilion is bitten by Tabitha's ferocious and much-loved cur Chowder, and the destitute Humphry is engaged in Thomas's place.
  • It listed the stereotypical traits of 10 major European nations, enabling innkeepers and postillions to identify passing travellers.
  • The cracking of the postillions ' whips, and the velocity with which they drove up to the door, brought out every man, woman and child, to gaze at the new comers, whose appearance sufficiently bespoke their errand.

Origin

mid 16th century (in the sense 'forerunner acting as guide to the post-horse rider'): from French postillon, from Italian postiglione 'post boy', from posta (see post2).

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