à cheval


à che·​val ˌä-shə-ˈväl How to pronounce à cheval (audio)
: with a leg on each side : astride
: 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, 4 July 2019

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Word History


borrowed from French, literally, "on horseback"

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of à cheval was in 1832

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“à cheval.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/%C3%A0%20cheval. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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