Definition of pannier in English:


Line breaks: pan|nier
Pronunciation: /ˈpanɪə


1A basket, especially one of a pair carried by a beast of burden.
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  • Large heavy items were either carried on primitive carts or dragged on sledges, and loose bulk materials were carried in panniers on horses.
  • They sounded idyllic and I began to break one of the golden rules of donkey-driving - never feel sorry for the donkey - as I watched Anatole, the brave little trooper, struggling between his 40-pound panniers.
  • Under direction, I tied the wet end to Anatole's saddle, having removed the panniers.
1.1Each of a pair of bags or boxes fitted on either side of the rear wheel of a bicycle or motorcycle.
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  • The camera was transmitting to a video camera and receiver stashed in the pannier of a bicycle locked to a lamppost nearby.
  • However, when I throw my rear panniers on and ride the bike at higher speeds, the bike will shimmy if I remove my hands from the bars.
  • The factory workers, the cops, the carpenters, the plumbers, they all wheeled to work, tools protruding from voluminous canvas panniers.
2 historical Part of a skirt looped up round the hips.
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  • La Sylphide also popularized the white tutus, freeing the ballerinas from the bondage of stiffening panniers.
  • In keeping with her subject she abandoned the ballerina's standard costume of voluminous skirts and panniers and appeared instead with her hair loose, wearing nothing but sandals and a simple muslin tunic.
  • The leather seats gave a little spring underneath our panniers, and Emily hurried to settle her dress before it flew in her face.
2.1A frame supporting a pannier of a skirt.
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  • It was hitched up to reveal an underskirt of a different color and with no hoops or panniers.
  • In an undoubted nod to the skirt-extending panniers of Marie Antoinette's day, Eugénie wholeheartedly embraced the cage crinoline in 1855, thus sparking a fashion craze.


Middle English: from Old French panier, from Latin panarium 'bread basket', from panis 'bread'.

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