from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large wicker basket, especially:
  • n. One of a pair of baskets carried on the shoulders of a person or on either side of a pack animal.
  • n. A basket carried on a person's back.
  • n. A basket or pack, usually one of a pair, that fastens to the rack of a bicycle and hangs over the side of one of the wheels.
  • n. A framework of wire, bone, or other material formerly used to expand a woman's skirt at the hips.
  • n. A skirt or an overskirt puffed out at the hips.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large basket or bag fastened, usually in pairs, to the back of a bicycle or pack animal, or carried in pairs over the shoulders.
  • n. A decorative basket for the display of flowers or fruits.
  • n. One of a pair of hoops used to expand the volume of a woman's skirt to either side.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bread basket; also, a wicker basket (used commonly in pairs) for carrying fruit or other things on a horse or an ass.
  • n. A shield of basket work formerly used by archers as a shelter from the enemy's missiles.
  • n. A table waiter at the Inns of Court, London.
  • n. A framework of steel or whalebone, worn by women to expand their dresses; a kind of bustle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bread-basket; a basket for provisions; hence, any wicker basket.
  • n. One of a pair of baskets slung across the back of a beast of burden to contain a load.
  • n. A basket for carrying objects on the back of a man or woman, used in mountainous countries and where the use of beasts of burden is not common.
  • n. 4. An adjunct of female dress, intended to distend the drapery of the skirt at the hips.
  • n. A part of woman's head-dress; a stiff frame, as of wicker or wire, to maintain the head-dress in place.—6. In arch., same as corbel.
  • n. A shield of twisted osiers used in the middle ages by archers, who fixed it in the ground in anupright position and stood behind it.
  • n. 8. In hydraulic engineering, a basket or wickerwork gabion filled with gravel or sand, used in the construction of dikes, or to protect embankments, etc., from the erosion of water.
  • n. In the inns of court, formerly, a servant who laid the cloths, set the salt-cellars, cut bread, waited on the gentlemen in term-time, blew the horn as a summons to dinner, and rang the bell; now, one of the domestics who wait in the hall of the inns at the time of dinner. Also pannier-man.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. set of small hoops used to add fullness over the hips
  • n. a large basket (usually one of a pair) carried by a beast of burden or on by a person
  • n. either of a pair of bags or boxes hung over the rear wheel of a vehicle (as a bicycle)


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English panier, from Old French, from Latin pānārium, breadbasket, from pānis, bread; see pā- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French panier, from Latin pānārium ("a bread basket"), from pānis ("bread").


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