- the hind part of a saddle, usually curved upward.
- a corner; piece; portion: a cantle of land.
Origin of cantle
Examples from the Web for cantle
The hand that rested a moment on the cantle as he rose grasped a “navy-six.”Dr. Sevier
George W. Cable
She looked back, turning with a hand on the cantle of her saddle.The Duke Of Chimney Butte
G. W. Ogden
Her books she had strapped to the saddle-horn; there was a yellow slicker at the cantle.The Flockmaster of Poison Creek
George W. Ogden
He threw his leg over the cantle of the saddle and stepped softly to the ground.'Me-Smith'
A Mexican saddle with its high pommel and cantle, was fascinating after an English one.Across the Mesa
- the back part of a saddle that slopes upwards
- a slice; a broken-off piece
Word Origin and History for cantle
early 14c., "a part, a portion," also "a section cut out of anything" (mid-15c.), from Old North French cantel "corner, piece" (Old French chantel, Modern French chanteau), from Medieval Latin cantellus, diminutive of cantus "corner" (see cant (n.2)).