postillion

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n postillion 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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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n postillion See postilion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Postillion pōs-til′yun a postboy: one who guides posthorses, or horses in any carriage, riding on one of them.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. postillon.

Usage

In literature:

He had already ordered horses, and was venting his anger on the (p. 069) postillion for the slowness with which he obeyed his commands.
"Robert Burns" by Principal Shairp
The postillion is generally a very heavy negro, who rides the unfortunate horse.
"The Three Lieutenants" by W.H.G. Kingston
At last one of the postillions, who entered into our humour, proposed getting a horn for us.
"Marmaduke Merry" by William H. G. Kingston
We entered it, and the postillions urged their animals into a mad gallop.
"Clarimonde" by Théophile Gautier
This done, I returned to the chaise and the postillion.
"Lavengro The Scholar - The Gypsy - The Priest, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Borrow
Close-cut hair, at the very least, and postillion's boots, and a hunter's whip, were expected.
"The Life of Friedrich Schiller" by Thomas Carlyle
This done, I returned to the chaise and the postillion.
"Lavengro The Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest" by George Borrow
Sometimes, but very seldom, he heard of Christina, through a postillion or eel-seller who was passing.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Then we'll put John on Prince Charlie, and let him ride there postillion-fashion.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
He, however, without the manifestation of the least surprise, aided in harnessing the horses, and ordered the postillion to drive on.
"Maria Antoinette" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
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In poetry:

Short great-coats that reach the knees,
Boots like French postillion ;
Worn the G——- race to please,
But laugh'd at by the million.
"Male Fashions for 1799" by Mary Darby Robinson