cabriolet

[ kab-ree-uh-ley ]
/ ˌkæb ri əˈleɪ /

noun

a light, two-wheeled, one-horse carriage with a folding top, capable of seating two persons.
an automobile resembling a coupe but with a folding top.

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Origin of cabriolet

1760–70; <French: literally, little caper; so called from its light movement.See cabriole, -et

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British Dictionary definitions for cabriolet

cabriolet
/ (ˌkæbrɪəʊˈleɪ) /

noun

a small two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage with two seats and a folding hood
a former name for a drophead coupé

Word Origin for cabriolet

C18: from French, literally: a little skip, from cabriole, from Latin capreolus wild goat, from caper goat; referring to the lightness of movement
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