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[kan-tl] /ˈkæn tl/
the hind part of a saddle, usually curved upward.
a corner; piece; portion:
a cantle of land.
Origin of cantle
1275-1325; Middle English cantel (< Anglo-French) < Medieval Latin cantellus, equivalent to Latin cant(us) (see cant2) + -ellus diminutive suffix Unabridged
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  • The hand that rested a moment on the cantle as he rose grasped a “navy-six.”

    Dr. Sevier George W. Cable
  • She looked back, turning with a hand on the cantle of her saddle.

  • Her books she had strapped to the saddle-horn; there was a yellow slicker at the cantle.

  • He threw his leg over the cantle of the saddle and stepped softly to the ground.

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
  • A Mexican saddle with its high pommel and cantle, was fascinating after an English one.

    Across the Mesa Jarvis Hall
  • He recognized a horse when he saw one, and could do more than fill a cantle.

  • This was to Joeboy, who was walking with one hand on the cantle of my saddle.

    Charge! George Manville Fenn
  • The right hand that had been clinging to the cantle was launched out.

  • If you were shorter, you might have to spring from your foot before you could touch the cantle.

    Patroclus and Penelope Theodore Ayrault Dodge
  • They saw that he had a roll of blankets at the cantle of his saddle, and saddle-bags at its sides.

    The One-Way Trail Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for cantle


the back part of a saddle that slopes upwards
a slice; a broken-off piece
Word Origin
C14: from Old Northern French cantel, from cant corner; see cant²
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Word Origin and History for cantle

early 14c., "a part, a portion," also "a section cut out of anything" (mid-15c.), from Old North French cantel "corner, piece" (Old French chantel, Modern French chanteau), from Medieval Latin cantellus, diminutive of cantus "corner" (see cant (n.2)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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