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.

Nearby words

  1. cabrillo, juan rodríguez,
  2. cabrini,
  3. cabrini, saint frances xavier,
  4. cabrio,
  5. cabriole,
  6. cabrito,
  7. cabstand,
  8. cabuya,
  9. cac-,
  10. caca

Origin of cabriolet

1760–70; < French: literally, little caper; so called from its light movement. See cabriole, -et Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cabriolet



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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Word Origin and History for cabriolet



"light two-wheeled chaise," 1766, from French cabriolet (18c.), derivative of cabriole (see cab). So called from its light, leaping motion.

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