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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English sadel, from Old English sadol, from Proto-Germanic *sadulaz, from Proto-Indo-European *sod-tlō-, from Proto-Indo-European *sed- ‎(to sit). 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/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]

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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