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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 ?
Little Nap is a handsome boy, who sits chatting to his tutor, and kissed his hand to the people as he passes in his four-horse barouche, with postilions in red satin jackets and a mounted guard before and behind.
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.
He meant I believe," replied Jane, "to go to Epsom, the place where they last changed horses, see the postilions and try if anything could be made out from them.
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 .
The tediousness of a two hours' wait at Petty France, in which there was nothing to be done but to eat without being hungry, and loiter about without anything to see, next followed -- and her admiration of the style in which they travelled, of the fashionable chaise and four -- postilions handsomely liveried, rising so regularly in their stirrups, and numerous outriders properly mounted, sunk a little under this consequent inconvenience.
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