side·​sad·​dle | \ ˈsīd-ˌsa-dᵊl How to pronounce sidesaddle (audio) \

Definition of sidesaddle

: a saddle for women in which the rider sits with both legs on one side of the horse

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sidesaddle adverb

Examples of sidesaddle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Before the musical began, Sadie sat sidesaddle in her aisle seat and studied the playbill. Patricia Marx, The New Yorker, "Broadway’s New Emily Post Is a Fifth Grader," 21 Oct. 2019 Descriptions of the trend pioneered by the siblings were sibilant: soccer-style, sidewinder, sidesaddle. Michael Farber,, "Mark Moseley, Last of the Straight-On Kickers," 2 July 2018 The story is that my great-grandmother once gave her husband a sidesaddle for Christmas. Amy Dickinson,, "Cat at root of couple's issues," 18 Feb. 2018 And, with Becca riding sidesaddle on a stationary horse, The Bachelor came to a close. Rebecca Farley,, "After The Final Rose," 7 Mar. 2018 Focal Point Big Wheels Arrive sidesaddle in a fantasia of a dress that leaves a trail in its wake. Mario Testino, Vogue, "See Vittoria Ceretti and Ansel Elgort in Fall’s Most Glamorous Looks," 15 Aug. 2017 Hundreds of horsewomen, in full festive regalia, rode sidesaddle in specially constructed wooden armchairs known as jamugas, a tradition since the 16th century. Nick Madigan, New York Times, "In Southern Spain, a Pilgrimage (and a Party Too)," 11 Apr. 2017 There are specialized positions—sidesaddle, spread eagle—and identical poses whose names add nuance: prostrate, supine, decubitus, shavasana. Jamie Lauren Keiles, The New Yorker, "Learning to Squat," 6 Apr. 2017 During the late 17th century, Celia Fiennes traveled England by horse sitting sidesaddle. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "See 17th-Century England Through the Eyes of One of the First Modern Travel Writers," 7 June 2017

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First Known Use of sidesaddle

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Sidesaddle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sidesaddle

: a saddle that is made for a rider to sit with both legs on one side of the horse

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