noun, sad·dle often attributive \ˈsa-dəl\

: a leather-covered seat that is put on the back of a horse

: a seat on a bicycle or motorcycle

Full Definition of SADDLE

a (1) :  a girthed usually padded and leather-covered seat for the rider of an animal (as a horse) (2) :  a part of a driving harness comparable to a saddle that is used to keep the breeching in place
b :  a seat to be straddled by the rider of a vehicle (as a bicycle)
:  a device mounted as a support and often shaped to fit the object held
a :  a ridge connecting two higher elevations
b :  a pass in a mountain range
a :  both sides of the unsplit back of a carcass including both loins
b :  a colored marking on the back of an animal
c :  the rear part of a male fowl's back extending to the tail — see duck illustration
:  the central part of the spine of the binding of a book
:  a piece of leather across the instep of a shoe
sad·dle·less \-dəl-(l)əs\ adjective
in the saddle
:  in control

Examples of SADDLE

  1. <the next day's hike was a stiff climb out of the saddle where they had camped for the night>

Illustration of SADDLE

Origin of SADDLE

Middle English sadel, from Old English sadol; akin to Old High German satul saddle
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to SADDLE

col, couloir, defile, flume, gap, gill [British], gorge, gulch, gulf, kloof [South African], linn [chiefly Scottish], notch, pass, ravine, canyon

Other Equestrian Terms

canter, cantle, curry, farrier, hunter, paddock, router, skirt, tack

Rhymes with SADDLE



: to put a saddle on (a horse)

sad·dledsad·dling \ˈsad-liŋ, ˈsa-dəl-iŋ\

Full Definition of SADDLE

transitive verb
:  to put a saddle on
a :  to place under a burden or encumbrance
b :  to place (an onerous responsibility) on a person or group
intransitive verb
:  to mount a saddled horse

Examples of SADDLE

  1. He saddled his horse and mounted it.
  2. <to the social worker it seemed as though her supervisor had once again saddled her with a truly hopeless case>

First Known Use of SADDLE

before 12th century

Rhymes with SADDLE

SADDLE Defined for Kids


noun sad·dle \ˈsa-dəl\

Definition of SADDLE for Kids

:  a padded and leather-covered seat for a rider on horseback
:  something like a saddle in shape, position, or use



Definition of SADDLE for Kids

:  to put a saddle on <I saddled my horse.>
:  to put a load on :  burden <She saddled him with the hardest job.>
Medical Dictionary


noun sad·dle \ˈsad-əl\

Medical Definition of SADDLE

:  the part of a partial denture that carries an artificial tooth and has connectors for adjacent teeth attached to its ends
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