Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A form of furniture leg that curves outward and then narrows downward into an ornamental foot, characteristic of Queen Anne and Chippendale furniture.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A curvet; a leap. See capriole.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as capriole.

Etymologies

French, caper (from its resemblance to the foreleg of a capering animal); see cabriolet.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French a goat's leap (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But now, as soon as the horses arrived, I hurried into a cabriole, and bade farewell to my friend.

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  • He expressed his enthusiasm by referring to a leaping ballet step: "We should clap and cabriole with delight."

    Kirkland Dances to Her Own Music

  • The mahogany stool and hinged lid had a large, shaped apron on all sides to hide the enclosed pot, and stood on cabriole legs with pad feet.

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  • It was an oval shape with cabriole legs and a folding arm, and it resembled a small version of the old hunting tables used by the gentry when they were served drinks after a fox hunt.

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  • A rude sort of cabriole was at last found, and a driver half drunk, who was not less eager to make a good bargain on that account.

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  • It was a sort of boudoir or dressing-room, with a few pretty old portraits and miniatures, and a number of Louis Quatorze looking-glasses hung round, and such pretty quaint cabriole gilt and pale green furniture.

    Wylder's Hand

  • She did not; but with a step or two she placed herself before a little cabriole-table, which stood against the wall, from which rose a tall mirror in a tarnished frame.

    The Room in the Dragon Volant

  • Its wing-shaped lid was propped upright, its curved cabriole legs a study in grace.

    One Night Of Scandal

  • I also developed painful shin-splints from trying to perfect the double cabriole in Giselle.

    Mao's last dancer

  • But with this double cabriole all my previous approaches failed.

    Mao's last dancer

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