Word of the Day – Cantle

By May 15, 2019 Word of the Day

Cantle (noun)

kan-tl

The raised curved part at the back of a horse’s saddle.

Middle English (in the sense ‘a corner’): from Anglo-Norman French cantel, variant of Old French chantel, from medieval Latin cantellus, from cantus ‘corner, side’.

Example sentences

“As she clutched the cantle and swung around to face me I realised I was in love.”

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