cab·​ri·​ole | \ ˈka-brē-ˌōl How to pronounce cabriole (audio) \

Definition of cabriole

1 : a ballet leap in which one leg is extended in midair and the other struck against it
2 : a curved furniture leg ending in an ornamental foot

Examples of cabriole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kuranaga’s Sylphide was ethereal in her back cabrioles and ronds de jambes but dead serious in her love for James. Jeffrey Gantz,, "Boston Ballet has the measure of Bournonville in ‘La Sylphide’," 25 May 2018 Whatever's going on, the cabriole chair legs dance around that deconstructivist table. Douglas Brenner, House Beautiful, "Garrow Kedigian on Transforming a Classic New York Apartment," 9 Dec. 2013

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First Known Use of cabriole

circa 1753, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cabriole

French, caper

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“Cabriole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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