cabriole(redirected from cabrioles)
A form of furniture leg that curves outward and then narrows downward into an ornamental foot, characteristic of Queen Anne and Chippendale furniture.
[French, caper (from its resemblance to the foreleg of a capering animal); see cabriolet.]
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1. (Furniture) Also called: cabriole leg a type of furniture leg, popular in the first half of the 18th century, in which an upper convex curve descends tapering to a concave curve
2. (Ballet) ballet a leap in the air with one leg outstretched and the other beating against it
[C18: from French, from cabrioler to caper; from its being based on the leg of a capering animal; see cabriolet]
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a leap by a ballet dancer in which one leg is raised in the air and the other is brought up to beat against it.
[1800–10; < French: leap, caper, alter. of capriole; see capriole]
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