- Furniture. a curved, tapering leg curving outward at the top and inward farther down so as to end in a round pad, the semblance of an animal's paw, or some other feature: used especially in the first half of the 18th century.
- Ballet. a leap in which one leg is raised in the air and the other is brought up to beat against it.
Origin of cabriole
Examples from the Web for cabriole
Historical Examples of cabriole
Showing at a later period the last traces of the cabriole leg.
Showing transition from cabriole leg to straight leg of 1760.
It is as though the cabriole leg were a sudden afterthought.
The legs of his earlier furniture were cabriole, and later they were straight.Furnishing the Home of Good Taste
Lucy Abbot Throop
He used the ball-and-claw foot with the cabriole leg: this was succeeded by the straight leg.The Old Furniture Book
N. Hudson Moore
- Also called: cabriole leg a type of furniture leg, popular in the first half of the 18th century, in which an upper convex curve descends tapering to a concave curve
- ballet a leap in the air with one leg outstretched and the other beating against it