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[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.
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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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Historical Examples of cabriole

  • Showing at a later period the last traces of the cabriole leg.

    Chats on Cottage and Farmhouse Furniture

    Arthur Hayden

  • 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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for cabriole


  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
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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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