can·​tle ˈkan-tᵊl How to pronounce cantle (audio)
: a segment cut off or out of something : part, portion
: the upward projecting rear part of a saddle

Word History


Middle English cantel, from Anglo-French cantel, chantel, diminutive of Old French chant side, edge — more at cant entry 4

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cantle was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Cantle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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