- a leg of a table, chair, etc. that curves outward and then tapers inward down to the foot, often clawlike and grasping a ball
- Ballet a leap in which one leg is thrown upward and then both legs are beaten together
Origin of cabrioleFr: see cabriolet
A form of furniture leg that curves outward and then narrows downward into an ornamental foot, characteristic of Queen Anne and Chippendale furniture.
Origin of cabrioleFrench, caper (from its resemblance to the foreleg of a capering animal); see cabriolet.
c. 1770 American mahogany
- A type of furniture leg used in certain ornate styles of furniture such as Queen Anne, having a double curve resembling the leg of an animal
OriginSee also: cabriolé
From French a goat's leap