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[pil-yuh n] /ˈpɪl yən/

a pad or cushion attached behind a saddle, especially as a seat for a woman.
a pad, cushion, saddle, or the like, used as a passenger seat on a bicycle, motor scooter, etc.
a passenger’s saddle or seat behind the driver’s seat on a motorcycle.
a seat or place behind the rider of a motorcycle, scooter, horse, etc
on a pillion: to ride pillion

kind of saddle, c.1500, of Celtic origin (cf. Irish pillin, Gaelic pillin), ultimately from Latin pellis “skin, pelt” (see film (n.)).


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