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postilion

noun pos·til·ion \pō-ˈstil-yən, pə-\

Definition of postilion

  1. :  one who rides as a guide on the near horse of one of the pairs attached to a coach or post chaise especially without a coachman



Variants of postilion

or postillion play \pō-ˈstil-yən, pə-\

Origin of postilion

Middle French postillon mail carrier using post-horses, from Italian postiglione, from posta post — more at post


First Known Use: circa 1611


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