from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who rides the near horse of the leaders to guide the horses drawing a coach.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A rider mounted on the near, leading horse pulling a carriage who guides the team.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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)
French postillon, from Italian postiglione, from posta, mail, from Old Italian, mail station; see post3.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French postillon, and its likely source, Italian postiglione ("guide for driver of post-coach"), from posta ("post"). (Wiktionary)