[ kab-ree-ohl; French ka-bree-awl ]

noun,plural cab·ri·oles [kab-ree-ohlz; French ka-bree-awl]. /ˈkæb riˌoʊlz; French ka briˈɔl/.
  1. 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.

  2. 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

1775–85; <French: leap, caper; so called because modeled on leg of a capering animal (see capriole); b by influence of cabri kid (≪ Old Provençal ) and kindred words

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How to use cabriole in a sentence

  • I remember,” replies the other; “for at that moment I gave six thousand francs a month to little cabriole of the Varieties.

    Other People's Money | Emile Gaboriau
  • The next morning cabriole woke up his master who dressed himself and went to take a walk.

  • cabriole ran to his master to tell him the news, when Avenant bid him go and remind the queen of the poor prisoner.

  • But now, as soon as the horses arrived, I hurried into a cabriole, and bade farewell to my friend.

    Frankenstein | Mary Shelley
  • He early used the ogee curve and cabriole leg, the knees of which he carved with cartouches and leaves or other designs.

British Dictionary definitions for cabriole


/ (ˈkæbrɪˌəʊl) /

  1. 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

  2. ballet a leap in the air with one leg outstretched and the other beating against it

Origin of cabriole

C18: from French, from cabrioler to caper; from its being based on the leg of a capering animal; see cabriolet

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