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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from sidesaddle

sidesaddle adverb

Examples of sidesaddle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Babst is the daughter of a serious horsewoman who won prizes by demurely riding sidesaddle — and other times appearing in drag as a man. Margaret Wappler, Los Angeles Times, 11 Aug. 2021 Before the musical began, Sadie sat sidesaddle in her aisle seat and studied the playbill. Patricia Marx, The New Yorker, 21 Oct. 2019 Descriptions of the trend pioneered by the siblings were sibilant: soccer-style, sidewinder, sidesaddle. Michael Farber,, 2 July 2018 The story is that my great-grandmother once gave her husband a sidesaddle for Christmas. Amy Dickinson,, 18 Feb. 2018 And, with Becca riding sidesaddle on a stationary horse, The Bachelor came to a close. Rebecca Farley,, 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, 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, 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, 6 Apr. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sidesaddle.' 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 sidesaddle

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About sidesaddle

Time Traveler for sidesaddle

Time Traveler

The first known use of sidesaddle was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near sidesaddle

side run


sidesaddle flower

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for sidesaddle

Last Updated

20 Aug 2021

Cite this Entry

“Sidesaddle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for sidesaddle



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

More from Merriam-Webster on sidesaddle Encyclopedia article about sidesaddle


Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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