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POSTILION (through the Fr. from the I...

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Originally appearing in Volume V22, Page 197 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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POSTILION (through the Fr. from the Ital. postiglione), a postboy, rider of a post-horse, hence any swift messenger, but more particularly the rider of the near horse of a vehicle drawn by two or more horses where there is no driver. The swift travelling postchaises of the 18th and early 19th, centuries were usually driven by postilions.
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