• WordNet 3.6
    • n pillion a seat behind the rider of a horse or motorbike etc.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pillion A panel or cushion saddle; the under pad or cushion of saddle; esp., a pad or cushion put on behind a man's saddle, on which a woman may ride. "His [a soldier's] shank pillion without stirrups."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pillion A saddle, especially a light and simple saddle without a raised bow and pommel.
    • n pillion A pad or cushion fitted for adjustment to a saddle behind as a seat for a second person, usually a woman.
    • n pillion In mining, tin recovered from the slags in the smelting of that metal. This is done by repeated stamping, sifting, and washing.
    • n pillion A head-dress, as of a priest; a hat.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pillion pil′yun a cushion for a woman behind a horseman: the cushion of a saddle.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ir. pilliun, Gael. pillean, a pad, a pack-saddle—peall, a skin or mat, L. pellis, skin.


In literature:

Will you be my pillion?
"Little Novels of Italy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
It had a pillion on its back; and seemed like the beast on which a farmer and his wife might ride together to market.
"Sir Ludar" by Talbot Baines Reed
You might go on a pillion behind old Abraham.
"Prisoners of Hope" by Mary Johnston
She had a white horse, and she was dressed in green, and she beckoned to Randal to mount on her horse, with her before him on the pillion.
"The Gold Of Fairnilee" by Andrew Lang
Some carried side saddles, some men's saddles and pillions.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
Come in quickly, I pray you, and leave the handmaidens to help Mistress Margery from her pillion.
"Mistress Margery" by Emily Sarah Holt
Lady Markham, the two servants will have to ride pillion behind a couple of our men.
"Crown and Sceptre" by George Manville Fenn
Amphillis sat on the pillion, and meditated on her information as they journeyed on.
"The White Lady of Hazelwood" by Emily Sarah Holt
That broad back carried, however, most comfortably a side-saddle or a pillion.
"Customs and Fashions in Old New England" by Alice Morse Earle
His wife was propped up behind him on a pillion.
"Little Grandmother" by Sophie May

In poetry:

He set her on his pillion soft,
Her arms about him twined;
And, noiseless as if velvet-shod,
They left the house behind.
"The Witch of Wenham" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

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(Dennis Pillion / al.com) Deep sea fishing out of Orange Beach, Alabama gallery (20 photos).
(Dennis Pillion dpillion@al.com) DeLuna Fest 2012.
Enlarge Dennis Pillion dpillion@al.com The B-52s close out the first day of SEC BeachFest in Gulf Shores, Friday, August 24, 2012.
(Dennis Pillion / al.com) SEC BeachFest: Friday, August 24, 2012 gallery (27 photos).
Enlarge Dennis Pillion dpillion@al.com Taking a ride over Panama City Beach with Panhandle Helicopter Tours.
(Dennis Pillion / al.com) Panama City Beach helicopter tour gallery (18 photos).
(Dennis Pillion / al.com) Firefly Fine Dining and Lounge in Panama City Beach gallery (10 photos).
Enlarge Dennis Pillion dpillion@al.com Brewers and beer enthusiasts gather in Pensacola's Seville Quarter for the 17th annual Emerald Coast Beer Festival on Friday, Sept 7, 2012.
(Dennis Pillion / al.com) Emerald Coast Beer Festival: Sept 7, 2012 gallery (15 photos).
Enlarge Dennis Pillion dpillion@al.com The Blue Angels soar overhead during the Pensacola Beach Air Show Saturday July 14, 2012.
(Dennis Pillion / al.com) Pensacola Beach Air Show 2012 gallery (41 photos).
Enlarge Dennis Pillion dpillion@al.com Fans cheer on Rebelution at the Hangout Music Festival Friday, May 18, 2012.
(Dennis Pillion / al.com) Hangout Music Fest Opening Day 5-18-12 gallery (77 photos).
Enlarge Dennis Pillion dpillion@al.com Jason Mraz at the Amphitheater at the Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama, Friday, August 17, 2012.