à cheval

à che·​val | \ ˌä-shə-ˈväl How to pronounce à cheval (audio) \

Definition of à cheval

1 : with a leg on each side : astride
2 : in such a way as to be played or chanced simultaneously on two numbers or events (as in roulette)

Examples of à cheval in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After the free exhibition closes on Sept. 15, the building will reportedly be turned into a Cheval Blanc luxury hotel. Lindzi Scharf, latimes.com, "For Louis Vuitton’s CEO, L.A. is ‘the culture capital of the world’," 4 July 2019

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First Known Use of à cheval

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for à cheval

borrowed from French, literally, "on horseback"

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Cite this Entry

“à cheval.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/%C3%A0%20cheval. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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