cantle

[ kan-tl ]
/ ˈkæn tl /
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noun

the hind part of a saddle, usually curved upward.
a corner; piece; portion: a cantle of land.

Origin of cantle

1275–1325; Middle English cantel (< Anglo-French) < Medieval Latin cantellus, equivalent to Latin cant(us) (see cant2) + -ellus diminutive suffix
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cantle

/ (ˈkæntəl) /

noun

the back part of a saddle that slopes upwards
a slice; a broken-off piece

Word Origin for cantle

C14: from Old Northern French cantel, from cant corner; see cant ²
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Word Origin and History for cantle

cantle


n.

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)).

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