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cabriole

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

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.

Nearby words

cabrillo, cabrillo, juan rodríguez, cabrini, cabrini, saint frances xavier, cabrio, cabriole, cabriolet, cabrito, cabstand, cabuya, cac-

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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British Dictionary definitions for cabriole

cabriole

/ (ˈkæbrɪˌəʊl) /

noun

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

Word Origin for 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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