a pad or cushion attached behind a saddle, especially as a seat for a woman.
a pad, cushion, saddle, or the like, used as a passenger seat on a bicycle, motor scooter, etc.
a passenger's saddle or seat behind the driver's seat on a motorcycle.

1495–1505; < Scots Gaelic pillinn or Irish pillín, diminutive of peall skin, rug blanket, MIr pell < Latin pellis skin

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pillion (ˈpɪljən)
1.  a seat or place behind the rider of a motorcycle, scooter, horse, etc
2.  on a pillion: to ride pillion
[C16: from Gaelic; compare Scottish pillean, Irish pillīn couch; related to Latin pellis skin]

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To that end, the bike's gas tank is concealed beneath the rider and is accessed by flipping up the pillion seat.
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