- a cushion attached behind a saddle for an extra rider, esp. a woman, as in medieval times
- an extra saddle behind the driver's on a motorcycle
Origin of pillionGaelic pillean from peall, a hide, skin, ultimately from Classical Latin pellis: see fell
- A pad or cushion for an extra rider behind the saddle on a horse or motorcycle.
- A bicycle or motorcycle saddle.
Origin of pillionProbably from Scottish Gaelic pillean diminutive of peall rug or Irish Gaelic pillín diminutive of pell rug both from Old Irish pell from Latin pellis animal skin ; see pel-3 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more pillion, superlative most pillion)
- Riding behind the driving rider, as when positioned on the rump of a mount.
From Scottish Gaelic pillean (“little rug"), from Latin pellis (“animal skin, pelt").