à cheval

adverb
à che·​val | \ ˌä-shə-ˈväl How to pronounce à cheval (audio) \

Definition of à cheval

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1 : with a leg on each side : astride
2 : in such a way as to be played or chanced simultaneously on two numbers or events (as in roulette)

cheval-de-frise

noun (1)
che·​val-de-frise | \ shə-ˌval-də-ˈfrēz How to pronounce cheval-de-frise (audio) \
plural chevaux-de-frise\ shə-​ˌvō-​də-​ˈfrēz How to pronounce chevaux-de-frise (audio) \

Definition of cheval-de-frise (Entry 2 of 5)

1 : a defense consisting typically of a timber or an iron barrel covered with projecting spikes and often strung with barbed wire
2 : a protecting line (as of spikes) on top of a wall usually used in plural

cheval glass

noun (2)
che·​val glass | \ shə-ˈval- How to pronounce cheval glass (audio) \

Definition of cheval glass (Entry 3 of 5)

: a full-length mirror in a frame in which it may be tilted

cheval de bataille

French noun phrase
che·​val de ba·​taille | \ shə-väl-də-bä-täʸ How to pronounce cheval de bataille (audio) \

Definition of cheval de bataille (Entry 4 of 5)

: warhorse : hobbyhorse : argument constantly relied on : favorite subject : signature performance piece : forte

pas de cheval

noun (3)
pas de che·​val | \ -shəˈval\
plural pas de cheval

Definition of pas de cheval (Entry 5 of 5)

: a ballet step resembling the pawing of a horse

First Known Use of à cheval

Adverb

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (1)

1668, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for à cheval

Adverb

borrowed from French, literally, "on horseback"

Noun (1)

French, literally, horse from Friesland

Noun (2)

French cheval horse, support

Noun (3)

French, literally, horse's step

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