cabriolet

[ kab-ree-uh-ley ]

noun
  1. a light, two-wheeled, one-horse carriage with a folding top, capable of seating two persons.

  2. an automobile resembling a coupe but with a folding top.

Origin of cabriolet

1
1760–70; <French: literally, little caper; so called from its light movement. See cabriole, -et

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How to use cabriolet in a sentence

  • The gentleman turned down one of the streets to the left, stopped, and called to the servant dozing behind his cabriolet.

    Night and Morning, Complete | Edward Bulwer-Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for cabriolet

cabriolet

/ (ˌkæbrɪəʊˈleɪ) /


noun
  1. a small two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage with two seats and a folding hood

  2. a former name for a drophead coupé

Origin of cabriolet

1
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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