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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cantle

Historical Examples of 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.

  • Her books she had strapped to the saddle-horn; there was a yellow slicker at the cantle.

  • He threw his leg over the cantle of the saddle and stepped softly to the ground.


    Caroline Lockhart

  • A Mexican saddle with its high pommel and cantle, was fascinating after an English one.

    Across the Mesa

    Jarvis Hall

British Dictionary definitions for cantle



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

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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