- 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: Gael pillean < peall, a hide, skin, ult. < L pellis: see fell
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- A pad or cushion for an extra rider behind the saddle on a horse or motorcycle.
- A bicycle or motorcycle saddle.
Origin: Probably 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.