postilion

noun
pos·​til·​ion | \ pō-ˈstil-yən How to pronounce postilion (audio) , pə- \
variants: or postillion

Definition of postilion

: 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

First Known Use of postilion

circa 1640, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for postilion

Middle French postillon mail carrier using post-horses, from Italian postiglione, from posta post — more at post entry 3

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The first known use of postilion was circa 1640

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“Postilion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/postilion. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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