Part of speech: noun

A rider of one of the horses drawing a coach.

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Usage examples "postilion":

  1. Furnished with that information la Peyrade resumed his course, and fifteen minutes later he was questioning the livery- stable keeper; but that individual knew only that a lady residing on the Boulevard de la Madeleine had hired, without horses, a travelling- carriage for half a day; that he had sent out the said carriage at nine that morning, and it was brought back at twelve by a postilion of the Royal Post house. - "The Lesser Bourgeoisie", Honore de Balzac.
  2. What brings the postilion? - "Hyperion", Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
  3. Four days after a postilion came with a report that his Serene Highness of Wurtemberg would arrive within two hours. - "Pictures of German Life in the XVth XVIth and XVIIth Centuries, Vol. II.", Gustav Freytag.