cab·​ri·​o·​let ˌka-brē-ə-ˈlā How to pronounce cabriolet (audio)
: a light 2-wheeled one-horse carriage with a folding leather hood, a large rigid shield in front of the seat, and upward-curving shafts
: a convertible coupe

Examples of cabriolet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When passing through Spasskaya Tower, the Kremlin’s main ceremonial gate, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu’s cabriolet stopped. Dmitry Adamsky, Foreign Affairs, 14 June 2019 The first civilian cabriolet—built by Karmann—appears in 1949. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, 31 Aug. 2023 According to the auction page, the seller has only added 100 of this 1999 911 Carrera cabriolet's indicated 72,895 miles. Matthew Skwarczek, Car and Driver, 28 July 2023 This manual 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera cabriolet could be an affordable way to experience 911 fun in the sun. Matthew Skwarczek, Car and Driver, 28 July 2023 For as much fun as convertibles are, in the S5’s application, the cabriolet is slower and adds an extra $8600 at every trim level. Becca Hackett, Car and Driver, 29 June 2023 This particular example is a road-going cabriolet variant featuring a body by Vignale. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 13 Feb. 2023 Mercedes-Benz previewed this idea back in 2019 but never brought it to a production car, leaving the warmed armrest first seen on the S-class cabriolet in 2007 as the last major innovation in heated cabin surfaces. Mike Austin, Car and Driver, 5 Jan. 2023 Hennessey presents the roadster version of its Venom F5, targeting it to be the fastest cabriolet in the world. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 18 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History


French, from diminutive of cabriole caper, alteration of Middle French capriole

First Known Use

1760, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cabriolet was in 1760

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“Cabriolet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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