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

  • n. A saddle designed so that the rider sits with both legs on one side of the horse.
  • adv. On a sidesaddle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A saddle, usually for a woman, in which the rider sits with both legs on the same side of the horse.
  • adv. Using such a saddle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A saddle for women, in which the rider sits with both feet on one side of the animal mounted.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A saddle the occupant of which sits with both feet on the same side of the horse: used chiefly by women.

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

  • adv. on or as if on a sidesaddle
  • n. a saddle for a woman; rider sits with both feet on the same side of the horse


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • To deal with it, he started putting in what is termed a sidesaddle position.


  • Dearest: I saw an old woman riding a horse astride: and I was convinced on the spot that this is the rightest way of riding, and that the sidesaddle was a foolish and affected invention.

    An Englishwoman's Love-Letters

  • Nevertheless, a noted British riding master, Colonel Hitchcock, urged women to continue with the method because, "the sidesaddle is the most decorative, dignified, and graceful method, and pleases the male eye, which prefers the ultra-feminine woman to the type which emulates the male in attire or atmosphere." Headlines

  • Adelina LoissetOnce again it was the women of the American West who thundered out their opposition, with the LA Times announcing, "The sidesaddle is a cumbersome, cruel burden on a horse and all right-thinking people believe its time is past." Headlines

  • After graduation, she visited London, where the determined young American met women like Lady Apsley, who said, "A good horsewoman in a sidesaddle is a credit to her menfolk." Headlines

  • Long gone are the days where Williams was crippled with nerves at the prospect of live performance, and she joked with ease about having to play guitar "sidesaddle", asking the audience to forgive any impromptu percussion cased by the baby kicking.

    The Line Of Best Fit

  • She rode sidesaddle, wore kid gloves, and once spent $8 to have a dozen pocket handkerchiefs laundered in San Francisco on her way to the mines.

    Louise A. K. S. Clappe, "Dame Shirley"

  • One among 500 ancient Chinese works that the Agnelli Foundation donated to the museum, the figure's eyes are rounded, his nose aquiline, and though most figurines show a male rider straddling his mount, sidesaddle is not unheard of.

    A Mysterious Stranger in China

  • The first thing you notice is the pose: About 11 inches tall, he sits with his right leg bent inward as though riding sidesaddle, his upper body torqued, his left leg extended.

    A Mysterious Stranger in China

  • "It's an outrage both to horse and woman to ride in a sidesaddle."

    Jack London's Short Story - Planchette


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.