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pos·til·ion

also pos·til·lion  (pō-stĭl′yən, pŏ-)
n.
One who rides the near horse of the leaders to guide the horses drawing a coach.

[French postillon, from Italian postiglione, from posta, mail, from Old Italian, mail station; see post3.]

postilion

(pɒˈstɪljən) or

postillion

n
(Horse Training, Riding & Manège) a person who rides the near horse of the leaders in order to guide a team of horses drawing a coach
[C16: from French postillon, from Italian postiglione, from posta post3]

pos•til•ion

(poʊˈstɪl yən, pɒ-)

n.
a person who rides the left horse of the leading or only pair of horses drawing a carriage.
Also, esp. Brit.,pos•til′lion.
[1580–90; earlier postillon < Middle French < Italian postiglione]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.postilion - someone who rides the near horse of a pair in order to guide the horses pulling a carriage (especially a carriage without a coachman)postilion - someone who rides the near horse of a pair in order to guide the horses pulling a carriage (especially a carriage without a coachman)
equestrian, horseback rider, horseman - a man skilled in equitation
Translations

postilion

[pəsˈtɪlɪən] Npostillón m

postil(l)ion

nReiter(in) m(f)des Sattelpferdes
References in classic literature ?
The postilion cracked his whip, and they clattered away under the feeble over-swinging lamps.
At last, about four o'clock, at the very moment when the Abbe de Sponde returned home, and just as mademoiselle began to think she had set the table with the best plate and linen and prepared the choicest dishes to no purpose, the click-clack of a postilion was heard in the Val-Noble.
When he saw a woman in the middle of the road, who did not get out of the way, the driver stood up in his seat and shouted to her and so did the postilion, while the four horses, which he could not hold back, accelerated their pace; the two leaders were almost upon her; with a jerk of the reins he threw them to one side, but, furious at the incident, he lifted his big whip and lashed her from her head to her feet with such violence that she fell to the ground unconscious.
D'Artagnan stopped the postilion who rode the pack-horse, at the corner of the Rue des Lombards, under a penthouse, and calling one of Planchet's boys, he desired him not only to take care of the two horses, but to watch the postilion; after which he entered the shop of the grocer, who had just finished supper, and who, in his little private room, was, with a degree of anxiety, consulting the calendar, on which, every evening, he scratched out the day that was past.
The postilion was a venerable "boy" of sixty--a martyr to rheumatic gout, the result of excessive exposure in youth, counter-acted by strong liquors--who had stood at inn-doors doing nothing for the whole five-and- twenty years that had elapsed since he had no longer been required to ride professionally, as if expecting the old times to come back again.
Our postilion is looking after the waggoner," said Richard, "and the waggoner is coming back after us.
No doubt the order had been given the postilion beforehand, for Aramis had no occasion even to make a sign.
The postilion started, the carriage wheels rattled.
Stop, that the gentleman may see," said the officer, with that frank kindliness which is peculiar to military men, to the soldier who was acting as postilion.
The postilion came to the carriage door to ask if I had further need of his services.
Ere Alleyne could answer there swung round the curve of the road a lady's carriage drawn by three horses abreast with a postilion upon the outer one.
they cried; and they rushed forward, seized the horses, knocked down the little postilion, the coachman, and the servants, and pulled little Gerda out of the carriage.