American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A cloth placed under the saddle of a racehorse and bearing its number.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A piece of textile material used, in connection with the saddle of a horse, for riding. Especially— Such a piece of stuff put upon the horse under the saddle and extending some distance behind it, intended to preserve the rider's dress from contact with the horse, or to protect the horse from the saber or the like. In countries where costume is rich and varied, such saddle-cloths are sometimes of great richness.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A cloth under a saddle, and extending out behind; a housing.
- n. stable gear consisting of a blanket placed under the saddle
“Bands of wolf pelt encircled his boot tops, his saddlecloth was a grey skin, his sword's long straight scabbard and his carbine's saddle holster were both sheathed in wolfskin while his horse's nose band was a strip of grey fur.”
“Slung to his saddlecloth was the bloody bag with my father's head.”
“He watched its lively gait with pleasure as the groom hoisted the saddlecloth and flung it over the broad, glossy back, so taken with the horse that he barely noticed the quality of its gear.”
“I did the thing I wish to God I had cut off my hands rather than do, I held the saddlecloth over his face.”
“I did know it, from the moment I set eyes on Einon ab Ithel's brocaded saddlecloth.”
“A groom had come out across their path with a draping of harness on one arm and a saddlecloth over the other, and tossed them over a rail while he went back to lead out the horse that would wear them.”
“King dismounted, to wait upon his son who abode on horseback, and he and all the Emirs and Grandees bore the saddlecloth of honour before him, each and every of them bearing it in his turn, till they came to the vestibule of the palace, where the Prince alighted and his father and the Emirs embraced him and seated him on the throne of Kingship, whilst they (including his sire) stood before him.”
“Later, when the Jacksons watched a DVD of the winner's-circle proceedings, they noticed something even more disturbing: the two men, without anyone's realizing it in the euphoria of victory, had stolen the saddlecloth that Barbaro had worn, which had his number on it.”
“We passed through Mataram, where we were joined by our friend Gusti Gadioca, mounted on a handsome black horse, and riding as all the natives do, without saddle or stirrups, using only a handsome saddlecloth and very ornamental bridle.”
“Gold tassels fringed the mare's browband and saddlecloth.”
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