- The definition of a cantle is the upward-curving, rear part of a saddle.
An example of a cantle is the part of a saddle where your lower back rests.
The cantle of this saddle it on the right.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Middle English cantel, a corner, rim, piece ; from Old French ; from Midieval Latin cantellus, diminutive of Late Latin cantus: see cant
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- The raised rear part of a saddle.
- A corner, segment, or portion; a piece: a cantle of land.
Origin: Middle English cantel, corner, from Old French, from Medieval Latin cantellus, from Vulgar Latin *cantus; see cant1.