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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 ?
Monsieur the Marquis in his travelling carriage (which might have been lighter), conducted by four post-horses and two postilions, fagged up a steep hill.
The Postilions had at first received orders only to take the London road; as soon as we had sufficiently reflected However, we ordered them to Drive to M .
Villefort rose, or rather sprang, from his chair, hastily opened one of the drawers of his desk, emptied all the gold it contained into his pocket, stood motionless an instant, his hand pressed to his head, muttered a few inarticulate sounds, and then, perceiving that his servant had placed his cloak on his shoulders, he sprang into the carriage, ordering the postilions to drive to M.
are sure to lose no opportunity of cheating you; and as for the postilions, I think they are pretty much alike all the world over.
The single gentleman, rather bewildered by finding himself the centre of this noisy throng, alighted with the assistance of one of the postilions, and handed out Kit's mother, at sight of whom the populace cried out, 'Here's another wedding
Then would Mr Dorrit, pulling up the glass again, reflect that those postilions were cut-throat looking fellows, and that he would have done better to have slept at Civita Vecchia, and have started betimes in the morning.
The postilion came to the carriage door to ask if I had further need of his services.
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.
No doubt the order had been given the postilion beforehand, for Aramis had no occasion even to make a sign.