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- n. Alternative spelling of postilion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See postilion.
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)
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Apr. 377/1 At the back, the jacket is laid in postillion-plaits.
The postillion is a soldier or other government employé, and must be armed to repel robbers.
The men folks were all away at work, and our postillion was a strapping girl of eighteen, who rode behind Braisted.
Our postillion was a fine handsome fellow, so rosy and robust that it made one feel stronger and healthier to sit beside him.
It was not quite dark when we reached Kuckula, the last station, but thence to Haparanda our horses were old and lazy, and our postillion was a little boy, whose weak voice had no effect.
“The postillion is a liar, I told him nothing of the kind.”
"The postillion is a liar, I told him nothing of the kind."
Apr. 593/2 Mr. Atkinson left Moscow early in March, accompanied by a post-office postillion, who had orders to escort him to the Siberian frontier.
Near the left-hand corner of the grove which surrounded the dingle, and about ten yards from the fire-ball, I perceived a chaise, with a postillion on the box, who was making efforts, apparently useless, to control his horses, which were kicking and plunging in the highest degree of excitement.
Perhaps the most famous strange phrase book sentence is: My postillion has been struck by lightning.