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1. A two-wheeled, one-horse carriage having a single bench seat and a folding top.
2. An automobile with a folding top; a convertible coupe.
[French, diminutive of cabriole, caper, from obsolete capriole, from Italian capriola, from capriolo, roebuck, from Latin capreolus, masculine diminutive of caprea, roe deer, from caper, he-goat.]
1. a small two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage with two seats and a folding hood
2. (Automotive Engineering) a former name for a drophead coupé
[C18: from French, literally: a little skip, from cabriole, from Latin capreolus wild goat, from caper goat; referring to the lightness of movement]
cab•ri•o•let(ˌkæb ri əˈleɪ)
1. a light, two-wheeled, one-horse carriage with a folding top, capable of seating two persons.
2. an automobile resembling a coupe but with a folding top.
[1760–70; < French]
Originally, a two-wheeled, hooded, one-horse carriage, but also a four-wheeled, two-seated carriage with a very roomy back seat and a front seat intended to be used by a chauffeur. Later, shortened to “cab,” the name was used for carriages for hire.