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Definition of "postilion" [pos•til•ion]

  • One who rides the near horse of the leaders to guide the horses drawing a coach. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "postilion" in a sentence
  • "The postilion was a venerable 'boy' of sixty -- a martyr to rheumatic gout, the result of excessive exposure in youth, counteracted by strong liquors -- who had stood at inn-doors doing nothing for the whole five-and-twenty years that had elapsed since he had no longer been required to ride professionally, as if expecting the old times to come back again."
  • "The postilion was a venerable "boy" of sixty -- a martyr to rheumatic gout, the result of excessive exposure in youth, counter-acted by strong liquors -- who had stood at inn-doors doing nothing for the whole five-and-twenty years that had elapsed since he had no longer been required to ride professionally, as if expecting the old times to come back again."
  • "With an impatient murmur, the stranger called the postilion and sent him to the"