Cantle meaning

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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.

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The raised rear part of a saddle.
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A corner, segment, or portion; a piece.

A cantle of land.

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The upward-curving rear part of a saddle.
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Ca. 1597, Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part I, Act III, Scene i.

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.

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1600, Edward Fairfax, The Jerusalem Delivered of Tasso, Book VI, xlviii.

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.

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Milton.

In one cantle of his law.

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The raised back of a saddle.
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(obsolete) To cut into pieces.
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(obsolete) To cut out from.
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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
  • From Old Northern French cantel, Old French chantel (Modern French chanteau), from Medieval Latin cantellus, diminutive of Latin cantus (“corner”).
    From Wiktionary