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A mule carrying two panniers.
Panniers mounted on a touring bike.
Hoop skirt with pannier, 18th c.


From French panier, from Latin pānārium (a bread basket), from pānis (bread).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpæn.ɪ.ə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈpæn.i.ɚ/, /ˈpæn.jɚ/
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pannier (plural panniers)

  1. A large basket or bag fastened, usually in pairs, to the back of a bicycle or pack animal, or carried in pairs over the shoulders.
    Coordinate term: saddlebag
    Hypernym: packbag
    • 1984 July, Backpacker, page 46:
      Pannier literally means carrying bags slung over the back of a beast of burden — in other words, saddle bags. Front and rear bicycle touring panniers, after being attached to their carrying racks on the bicycle, become the bicycle tourist's packbags.
  2. A decorative basket for the display of flowers or fruits.
    Synonym: corbeil
  3. (historical, fashion) One of a pair of hoops used to expand the volume of a woman's skirt to either side.
    Holonym: hoop skirt
  4. A breadbasket.
  5. (historical, military) A piece of basketwork for protecting archers, or, filled with gravel or sand, for forming and protecting embankments, etc.

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