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[sahyd-sad-l] /ˈsaɪdˌsæd l/
a saddle for women on which the rider sits, facing forward, usually with both feet on the left side of the horse.
seated on a sidesaddle:
The girl hunted sidesaddle.
Origin of sidesaddle
1485-95; earlier syd saddyl. See side1, saddle Unabridged
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  • Among the animals Wargrave noticed a smart grey Arab pony with a side-saddle.

    The Jungle Girl Gordon Casserly
  • For there was no side-saddle in the riding equipment of the outfit.

    'Firebrand' Trevison Charles Alden Seltzer
  • Won't you all never git done a-runnin' me about that side-saddle?

  • For this an English side-saddle was procured—she was properly equipped and mounted.

  • The divided skirt always looks to me out of place, and any woman who wants to wear a skirt had better ride in the side-saddle.

  • I can but answer yes, for I have been; but am I not to have my trunk and side-saddle?

    Buffalo Bill's Spy Trailer Colonel Prentiss Ingraham
  • She almost wished to take old Plomacy at his word, to get on a side-saddle and have a tilt at it herself.

    Barchester Towers Anthony Trollope
  • I put a side-saddle on the beast; and a woman's skirt on myself.

    Dulcibel Henry Peterson
  • By the time luncheon was over, the horses had been standing some minutes at the lawn-gate, my mare with a side-saddle.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • I dunno why they have that side-saddle business, twistin' a woman in two.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
British Dictionary definitions for side-saddle


a riding saddle originally designed for women riders in skirts who sit with both legs on the near side of the horse
on or as if on a side-saddle: to be riding side-saddle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for side-saddle

"saddle made for the occupant to ride on with both feet on the same side of the horse," used chiefly by women, late 15c., from side (adj.) + saddle (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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