can·​tle | \ ˈkan-tᵊl How to pronounce cantle (audio) \

Definition of cantle

1 : a segment cut off or out of something : part, portion
2 : the upward projecting rear part of a saddle

First Known Use of cantle

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cantle

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

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“Cantle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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