postilion

[poh-stil-yuhn, po-]
noun
a person who rides the left horse of the leading or only pair of horses drawing a carriage.
Also, especially British, postillion.


Origin:
1580–90; earlier postillon < Middle French < Italian postiglione, derivative of posta post3

postilioned, adjective
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postilion or postillion (pɒˈstɪljən)
 
n
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 postapost³]
 
postillion or postillion
 
n
 
[C16: from French postillon, from Italian postiglione, from postapost³]

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Soldiers in dress blues ride postilion style on the left mounts.
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