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noun sad·dle \ˈsa-dəl\

Simple Definition of saddle

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

  • : a seat on a bicycle or motorcycle

Full Definition of saddle

  1. 1a (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 placeb :  a seat to be straddled by the rider of a vehicle (as a bicycle)

  2. 2 :  a device mounted as a support and often shaped to fit the object held

  3. 3a :  a ridge connecting two higher elevationsb :  a pass in a mountain range

  4. 4a :  both sides of the unsplit back of a carcass including both loinsb :  a colored marking on the back of an animalc :  the rear part of a male fowl's back extending to the tail — see duck illustration

  5. 5 :  the central part of the spine of the binding of a book

  6. 6 :  a piece of leather across the instep of a shoe

sad·dle·less play \-dəl-(l)əs\ adjective
in the saddle
  1. :  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

Other Equestrian Terms

Rhymes with saddle



verb sad·dle

Simple Definition of saddle

  • : to put a saddle on (a horse)

Full Definition of saddle

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

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to put a saddle on

  3. 2a :  to place under a burden or encumbranceb :  to place (an onerous responsibility) on a person or group

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  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>

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of saddle

before 12th century

Medical Dictionary


noun sad·dle \ˈsad-əl\

Medical Definition of saddle

  1. :  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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