Definition of pillion in English:


Line breaks: pil|lion
Pronunciation: /ˈpɪljən


1A seat for a passenger behind a motorcyclist.
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  • The accident last night was one of four serious collisions in North Yorkshire over the Bank Holiday weekend, which left three motorcyclists dead and a pillion passenger seriously injured.
  • Motorcyclists and pillion passengers must wear helmets at all times and motorists must wear safety belts.
  • A motorcycle pillion passenger was killed and its rider seriously injured when their machine was involved in an accident on the A64.
1.1 historical A woman’s light saddle.
1.2 historical A cushion attached to the back of a saddle, on which a second person may ride.


late 15th century (denoting a light saddle): from Scottish Gaelic pillean, Irish pillín 'small cushion', diminutive of pell, from Latin pellis 'skin'.


ride pillion

Travel seated behind a motorcyclist.
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  • They had returned home with A-Nong riding pillion on Monchai's motorcycle with Mukda following behind on her own motorbike.
  • The inquiry at Westminster Coroner's Court heard how Clayton Skipworth, 22, was riding pillion on a motorcycle on Clapham Common Northside late in the evening of Friday, September 13.
  • The rules to be followed while travelling in buses, autorickshaws, cars and riding pillion on two-wheelers have been listed.

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