(1)   Posterior part of the back of a domestic fowl
(2)   A seat for the rider of a bicycle
(3)   A seat for the rider of a horse
(4)   A piece of leather across the instep of a shoe
(5)   Cut of meat (especially mutton or lamb) consisting of part of the backbone and both loins
(6)   A pass or ridge that slopes gently between two peaks (is shaped like a saddle)


(7)   Impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to
"He charged her with cleaning up all the files over the weekend"
(8)   Put a saddle on
"Saddle the horses"

Etymology 1

From , from , from , from .


  1. A seat (tack) for a rider placed on the back of a horse or other animal
  2. A seat on a bicycle, motorcycle etc
  3. A cut of meat that includes both loins and part of the backbone
  4. A ridge, in the shape of a saddle, between two hills
  5. The raised floorboard in a doorway.
  6. (construction) A small tapered/sloped area structure that helps channel surface water to drains.


  1. To put a saddle on an animal.
  2. To get into a saddle.
  3. (idiomatically) To burden or encumber.