American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who rides the near horse of the leaders to guide the horses drawing a coach.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A post-boy; one who rides a post-horse; a guide or forerunner.
- n. 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. Same as postilion-basque.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- n. someone who rides the near horse of a pair in order to guide the horses pulling a carriage (especially a carriage without a coachman)
- From Middle French postillon, and its likely source, Italian postiglione ("guide for driver of post-coach"), from posta ("post"). (Wiktionary)
- French postillon, from Italian postiglione, from posta, mail, from Old Italian, mail station; see post3. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The postilion was a venerable 'boy' of sixty -- a martyr to rheumatic gout, the result of excessive exposure in youth, counteracted by strong liquors -- who had stood at inn-doors doing nothing for the whole five-and-twenty years that had elapsed since he had no longer been required to ride professionally, as if expecting the old times to come back again.”
“The postilion was a venerable "boy" of sixty -- a martyr to rheumatic gout, the result of excessive exposure in youth, counter-acted by strong liquors -- who had stood at inn-doors doing nothing for the whole five-and-twenty years that had elapsed since he had no longer been required to ride professionally, as if expecting the old times to come back again.”
“With an impatient murmur, the stranger called the postilion and sent him to the”
“Our postilion was a silly fellow, who could not understand whether his money was correct.”
“As it grew lighter, we were surprised to find that our postilion was a girl.”
“Our postilion was a thorough master of his calling, and his spurs and whip seemed to know no cessation from action.”
“What is certain is, that on the following morning, a "postilion" was flung from the Charlemagne yard into the Lions 'Ditch, over the five-story building which separated the two court-yards.”
“What prisoners call a "postilion" is a pallet of bread artistically moulded, which is sent into Ireland, that is to say, over the roofs of a prison, from one courtyard to another.”
“When, too, Mr. Gell calls the postilion “Menzilgi,” he mistakes him for his betters: Serrugees are postilions; Mensilgis are postmasters. ””
“- to ask if I would mind letting her take the pattern of my charming "postilion," which should be returned in half an hour.”
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