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postilion

[poh-stil-yuh n, po-] /poʊˈstɪl yən, pɒ-/
noun
1.
a person who rides the left horse of the leading or only pair of horses drawing a carriage.
Also, especially British, postillion.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; earlier postillon < Middle French < Italian postiglione, derivative of posta post3
Related forms
postilioned, adjective
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postilion

/pɒˈstɪljən/
noun
1.
a person who rides the near horse of the leaders in order to guide a team of horses drawing a coach
Word Origin
C16: from French postillon, from Italian postiglione, from postapost³
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