saddle

noun, often attributive
sad·​dle | \ ˈsa-dᵊl How to pronounce saddle (audio) \

Definition of saddle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : a girthed usually padded and leather-covered seat for the rider of an animal (such 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 (such as a bicycle)
2 : a device mounted as a support and often shaped to fit the object held
3a : a ridge connecting two higher elevations
b : a pass in a mountain range
4a : 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
5 : the central part of the spine of the binding of a book
6 : a piece of leather across the instep of a shoe
in the saddle
: in control

saddle

verb
saddled; saddling\ ˈsad-​liŋ How to pronounce saddling (audio) , ˈsa-​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of saddle (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to put a saddle on
2a : 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

Illustration of saddle

Illustration of saddle

Noun

saddle 1a(1): 1 western, 2 English

In the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from saddle

Noun

saddleless \ ˈsa-​dᵊl-​(l)əs How to pronounce saddleless (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for saddle

Synonyms: Noun

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

Synonyms: Verb

burden, encumber, freight, lade, laden, load, lumber, weight

Antonyms: Verb

disburden, discharge, disencumber, unburden, unlade, unload

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of saddle in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This was like trying to put a saddle on a hurricane. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Trump's 'Fox & Friends' call-in was bizarre, and here's why that matters," 26 Apr. 2018 Carson mini saddle bag, VERA BRADLEY, $198, verabradley.com. Redbook, "Meet the 2017 Winners of Redbook's Real Women Style Awards!," 3 Aug. 2017 The Duchess styled her latest affordable look with her saddle flat sandals from Sarah Flint, oversized Karen Walker sunglasses and a lazy-girl low ponytail. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Twinned With Kate Middleton in Her Polka Dot & Other Stories Dress," 22 Oct. 2018 Admire the hand carved ponies, leather saddles, and real tails and manes while enjoying an ice cream cone from St. Clair Annex. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "The Charming Rhode Island Village You Should Visit This Summer," 8 June 2018 Hung over the rear prop shaft like a pair of saddle bags is a lithium battery pack with an effective capacity of 6.5 kWh (nominal 9.2 kWh) providing an official 13 miles of EV range; in our household’s daily driving that number seemed closer to 9. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Why the U.S. Needs to Up Its Standards for Hybrid Electric Vehicles," 20 Apr. 2018 Saint Laurent Jodphur Boots These boots are a saddle-leather tan and liven up any outfit. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "The Case for Buying Less Clothing," 4 Jan. 2019 To lower the action, simply turn each saddle screw clockwise with an Allen wrench. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "How to Set Up a Guitar And Make It Your Own," 7 Dec. 2018 Cyclists will argue for six hours about the proper height of a saddle. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Floyd Landis Comes Back to Cycling—as the Boss," 4 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Her bachelor's and master's degrees saddled her with $130,000 in debt. USA Today, "'Can't pay their bills with love': For many teaching jobs, teachers' pay can't cover rent," 5 June 2019 The Pebble will saddle you with a few extra cables to sort through, too. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Technica Back to School buying guide," 13 Aug. 2018 Sierra Nevada’s approach is fairly radical—the Air Force doesn’t like buying second hand planes, but the aircraft will essentially be new, inexpensive, and not saddled with older, more expensive to maintain systems. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Wants Helicopters to Help Defend Nuclear Missiles," 10 Aug. 2018 George Hill, saddled with foul trouble, could never find his offensive rhythm. Chris Fedor, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers need more than just LeBron James to beat Indiana Pacers, reach ultimate goal," 19 Apr. 2018 Two Boston private equity firms, Bain Capital and Thomas H. Lee Partners, took the radio station operator private in a 2006 deal that left it saddled by billions in debt. Bloomberg News, BostonGlobe.com, "Radio network that’s $20 billion in debt files for bankruptcy," 15 Mar. 2018 And a typical population of egg donors are school-aged women saddled by loans and debt. Andrea Stanley, Redbook, "The Scary Truth About Donating Your Eggs," 19 Oct. 2017 Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien has saddled a record eight winners, including last year's champion Churchill. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "Why the Derby, Oaks, Guineas and St. Leger are known as the Classics," 4 May 2018 Proof of that particular pudding resides with the Toyota Camry, which, despite being saddled with boring design for most of its life, has been the best-selling passenger car in America for the last 16 years. Al Haas, Philly.com, "2018 Toyota Camry adds style and zip | Al Haas," 3 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'saddle.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of saddle

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for saddle

Noun

Middle English sadel, from Old English sadol; akin to Old High German satul saddle

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about saddle

Statistics for saddle

Last Updated

11 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for saddle

The first known use of saddle was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for saddle

saddle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of saddle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

saddle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of saddle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put a saddle on (a horse)

saddle

noun
sad·​dle | \ ˈsa-dᵊl How to pronounce saddle (audio) \

Kids Definition of saddle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

saddle

verb
saddled; saddling

Kids Definition of saddle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to put a saddle on I saddled my horse.
2 : to put a load on : burden She saddled him with the hardest job.

saddle

noun
sad·​dle | \ ˈsad-ᵊl How to pronounce saddle (audio) \

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on saddle

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with saddle

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for saddle

Spanish Central: Translation of saddle

Nglish: Translation of saddle for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of saddle for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about saddle

Comments on saddle

What made you want to look up saddle? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

standardized text or formulaic language

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Finance Words Quiz

  • a-piggy-bank
  • The etymology of mortgage is related most closely to which two words?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!