postilion

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English[edit]

The man on one of the front horses is a postilion

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French postillon, and its likely source, Italian postiglione ‎(guide for driver of post-coach), from posta ‎(post).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /pɒˈstɪlɪən/
  • (US) IPA(key): /pəˈstɪljən/, /poʊˈstɪljən/

Noun[edit]

postilion ‎(plural postilions)

  1. A rider mounted on the near (left) leading horse who guides the team pulling a carriage.
  2. (obsolete) A post-boy, a messenger boy, a swift letter carrier.

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