pan·​nier | \ ˈpan-yər How to pronounce pannier (audio) , ˈpa-nē-ər \
variants: or less commonly panier

Definition of pannier

1 : a large container: such as
a : a basket often carried on the back of an animal or the shoulders of a person
b : one of a pair of packs or baskets hung over the rear wheel of a vehicle (such as a bicycle)
2a : one of a pair of hoops formerly used to expand women's skirts at the sides
b : an overskirt draped at the sides of a skirt for an effect of fullness

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Examples of pannier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pannier was around 38-inches wide, or a little over three feet, and extreme all on its own. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "What It’s Like to Wear This Extreme 18th Century Trend In Real Life," 30 July 2020 Infanta elements — bell sleeves, abstracted pannier hips, corsets — met Chrysler Building curves met craft (met cumulus feather hoods). Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Rick Owens, Talking Doom," 28 Feb. 2020 For those who prefer to move the load to the bike, GoCycle offers a front pannier that can be attached and removed quickly. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "GoCycle GX e-bike review: fast, fun, and foldable," 29 July 2019 And that's because the infamous French queen's penchant for candy colors, large skirt panniers, intricate embroidery, and towering hairstyles got a Tokyo twist. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Moschino’s Marie Antoinette–Inspired Show Was a Fashion Feast," 21 Feb. 2020 Browne's collection was a confectionery of colors — a Laduree macaron box of pastels in pink, lemon and mint — complete with the cage-like panniers of a petticoat, sometimes sans culotte. Rhonda Richford, The Hollywood Reporter, "Paris Fashion Week: Cardi B Goes Undercover With Floral Face Mask," 29 Sep. 2019 The city’s green spaces overflowed with couples jogging next to each other and cycling on bikes with matching panniers. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "Four Years in Startups," 23 Sep. 2019 If route-mapping and panniers aren’t your thing, there are easier biking options—and some major benefits to cycling the Wachau region with an organized group. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Way to Experience Austria's Wine Country Is By Bike," 7 Sep. 2018 The amazing sculptor Penko Platikanov produced a series of exquisite 18th-century figures, depicted in undergarments of the period like corsets, panniers, and undershirts to showcase them. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "The Met Goes Meta: How Hamish Bowles Created the Costume Institute Exhibition in Ocean’s 8," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of pannier

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pannier

Middle English panier, from Anglo-French paner, panier, from Latin panarium, from panis bread — more at food

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“Pannier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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pan·​nier | \ ˈpan-yər, ˈpan-ē-ər How to pronounce pannier (audio) \

Medical Definition of pannier

: a covered basket holding surgical instruments and medicines for a military ambulance

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