[kab-ree-ohl; French ka-bree-awl]
- 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
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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Examples from the Web for 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
C18: from French, from cabrioler to caper; from its being based on the leg of a capering animal; see cabriolet