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[pan-yer, -ee-er] /ˈpæn yər, -i ər/
a basket, especially a large one, for carrying goods, provisions, etc.
a basket for carrying on a person's back, or one of a pair to be slung across the back of a beast of burden.
a similar type of bag, usually one of a pair, fastened over a bicycle's rear wheel.
(on a dress, skirt, etc.) a puffed arrangement of drapery at the hips.
an oval framework formerly used for distending the skirt of a woman's dress at the hips.
Origin of pannier
1250-1300; Middle English panier < Middle French < Latin pānārium breadbasket, equivalent to pān(is) bread + -ārium -ary; see -ier2
Related forms
panniered, adjective
unpanniered, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for pannier
Historical Examples
  • Dosser, dos′er, n. a rich hanging of tapestry for the walls of a hall or of a chancel: a pannier.

  • At any moment her presence in that pannier might be betrayed.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • There is no pannier under thine arm; hast thou sold all thy flowers?'

    The Last Days of Pompeii Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
  • And to the men upon the waist-deck he shouted, "Open me that pannier."

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • He began slowly unpacking the pannier, and laying its contents out on the mound.

    In the Wilderness Robert Hichens
  • At least, matters are no worse than when you were in the pannier.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • Then she laid the child in the pannier with a soft cushion under, and a silk cloth over her, so that she lay there happily.

  • I fear my beautiful specimens are spoiled in the pannier here.

    Trapped by Malays George Manville Fenn
  • I shall put my bed in one pannier and my carpet bag and India-rubber things in the other.

  • Take your rods and pannier, and go for a couple of hours' fishing.

British Dictionary definitions for pannier


a large basket, esp one of a pair slung over a beast of burden
one of a pair of bags slung either side of the back wheel of a motorcycle, bicycle, etc
(esp in the 18th century)
  1. a hooped framework to distend a woman's skirt
  2. one of two puffed-out loops of material worn drawn back onto the hips to reveal the underskirt
Word Origin
C13: from Old French panier, from Latin pānārium basket for bread, from pānis bread
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Word Origin and History for pannier

late 13c., "large basket for provisions," from Old French panier "basket," from Latin panarium "bread basket," from panis "bread" (see food).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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