postilion

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n postilion someone who rides the near horse of a pair in order to guide the horses pulling a carriage (especially a carriage without a coachman)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Postilion One who rides and guides the first pair of horses of a coach or post chaise; also, one who rides one of the horses when one pair only is used.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n postilion A post-boy; one who rides a post-horse; a guide or forerunner.
    • n postilion One who rides the near horse of the leaders when four or more horses are used in a carriage or post-chaise, or who rides the near horse when one pair only is used and there is no driver on the box.
    • n postilion Same as postilion-basque.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. postillon, It. postiglione, fr. posta, post. See Post a postman

Usage

In literature:

No doubt the order had been given the postilion beforehand, for Aramis had no occasion even to make a sign.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
Cinderella brings the rats, the largest of which the fairy converts into a handsome postilion with a fine pair of whiskers.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
Some came in cabs, with their trunks on before with the postilion.
"Rollo in Geneva" by Jacob Abbott
As it grew lighter, we were surprised to find that our postilion was a girl.
"Northern Travel" by Bayard Taylor
The postilion was ordered to stop, and for refusing he was cut on the face and ankle.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, Number 385. November, 1847." by Various
The postilion whipped up his horses and drove off.
"A Daughter of Raasay" by William MacLeod Raine
Sometimes in the afternoon she went to chat with the postilions.
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
It is night ... the postilion blows his horn ... Jew traders are journeying to the fair at Leipsic.
"Jewish Literature and Other Essays" by Gustav Karpeles
Follow the dog, postilion.
"Harper's Young People, December 16, 1879" by Various
There are no postilions in the world, I believe, who can handle their whip like those of Italy.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
The riders on the saddles are in the costume of French postilions.
"Sielanka: An Idyll" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
Postilions rode two of the horses, and the carriage was surrounded by a dozen mounted men.
"The O'Ruddy" by Stephen Crane
The pretty youths yonder are the postilions.
"The Rambles of a Rat" by A. L. O. E.
Strange as it may seem, it is very light upon the horse, which the postilion also bestrides.
"Due South or Cuba Past and Present" by Maturin M. Ballou
This done, I returned to the chaise and the postilion.
"Lavengro The Scholar, The Gypsy, The Priest" by George Borrow
At the next stage the postilions have to be beat up: they came out swearing.
"Old Roads and New Roads" by William Bodham Donne
Enter Strephon and Postilion.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
I acceded, and we set off in a handsome open carriage, with four greys, ridden by postilions at a rapid pace.
"Olla Podrida" by Frederick Marryat
The bugle of the postilions at length announced that "time was up," and the half-hour, which German politeness accords to leave-taking, expired.
"The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Or,Three Roads In Life" by Charles James Lever
They then proceeded to the house of Mr. Clement: he was killed by his postilion.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 14" by Various
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In poetry:

My postilion, heedless all,
Cracked his whip most gaily,
And his merry trumpet-call
Rang o'er hill and valley.
"The Postilion" by Nikolaus Lenau

In news:

High school rockers The Blisters (Hayden Holbert, Henry Mosher, Tory Postilion-Lopez and Spencer Tweedy) close out the "Chicago Live".
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