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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English sadel, from Old English sadol, from Proto-Germanic *sadulaz, from Proto-Indo-European *sod-dʰlo-, from Proto-Indo-European *sed- (to sit) + *-dʰlom (instrumental suffix). Cognate with Scots sadil, Saterland Frisian Soadel, West Frisian seal, Dutch zadel, Low German Sadel, German Sattel, Danish sadel, Russian седло́ (sedló), Swedish sadel, Icelandic söðull.


An "English" style saddle used for riding horses.

saddle (plural saddles)

  1. A seat (tack) for a rider placed on the back of a horse or other animal.
  2. An item of harness (harness saddle) placed on the back of a horse or other animal.
  3. A seat on a bicycle, motorcycle, etc.
  4. A cut of meat that includes both loins and part of the backbone.
  5. A low point, in the shape of a saddle, between two hills.
    • 1977, John Le Carré, The Honourable Schoolboy, Folio Society 2010, p. 483:
      With Lizzie leading, they scrambled quickly over several false peaks towards the saddle.
  6. (mining) A formation of gold-bearing quartz occurring along the crest of an anticlinal fold, especially in Australia.
  7. The raised floorboard in a doorway.
  8. (construction) A small tapered or sloped area structure that helps channel surface water to drains.
  9. (nautical) A block of wood, usually fastened to one spar and shaped to receive the end of another.
  10. (engineering) A part, such as a flange, which is hollowed out to fit upon a convex surface and serve as a means of attachment or support.
  11. The clitellus of an earthworm.
  12. Any of the saddle-like markings on a boa constrictor.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old English sadolian.


saddle (third-person singular simple present saddles, present participle saddling, simple past and past participle saddled)

  1. To put a saddle on an animal.
  2. To get into a saddle.
  3. (idiomatic) To burden or encumber.
  4. (idiomatic) To give a responsibility to someone.
    He has been saddled with the task of collecting evidence to the theft.

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