- a seat for a rider on a horse, bicycle, etc., usually padded and traditionally of leather, and generally straddled in riding
- a padded part of a harness worn over a horse's back to hold the shafts
- the part of an animal's back where a saddle is placed
- anything suggesting a saddle, as in form, placement, etc.
- a ridge between two peaks or summits
- a cut of lamb, venison, etc., including part of the backbone and the two loins
- the rear part of the back of a fowl
Origin of saddleMiddle English sadel from Old English sadol, akin to German sattel from Germanic an unverified form sathula, via uncertain or unknown; perhaps Old Church Slavonic an unverified form sedulo- from Indo-European base an unverified form sed-, to sit
transitive verb-·dled, -·dling
- to put a saddle upon
- to load or encumber, as with a burden
- to impose as a burden, obligation, etc.
back in the saddle
in the saddle
- seated on a saddle
- in a position of control