An example of a cantle is the part of a saddle where your lower back rests.
A cantle of land.
See how this river comes me cranking in,
And cuts me from the best of all my land.
A huge half-moon, a monstrous cantle out.
Their armors forged were of metal frail;On every side thereof huge cantles flies;
The land was strewed all with plate and mail,That on the earth, on that their warm blood lies.
In one cantle of his law.
Origin of cantle
- Middle English cantel corner from Old French from Medieval Latin cantellus from Vulgar Latin cantus cant1
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition