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1. The raised rear part of a saddle.
2. A corner, segment, or portion; a piece: a cantle of land.

[Middle English cantel, corner, from Old French, from Medieval Latin cantellus, from Vulgar Latin *cantus; see cant1.]


1. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) the back part of a saddle that slopes upwards
2. a slice; broken-off piece
[C14: from Old Northern French cantel, from cant corner; see cant2]


(ˈkæn tl)

1. the hind part of a saddle, usu. curved upward.
2. a corner; piece; portion: a cantle of land.
[1275–1325; Middle English cantel (< Anglo-French) < Medieval Latin cantellus]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cantle - the back of a saddle seat
backrest, back - a support that you can lean against while sitting; "the back of the dental chair was adjustable"
saddle - a seat for the rider of a horse or camel
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Be not angry, master mine," replied Sancho, "I did not mean to say that;" and coming close to him he laid one hand on the pommel of the saddle and the other on the cantle so that he held his master's left thigh in his embrace, not daring to separate a finger's width from him; so much afraid was he of the strokes which still resounded with a regular beat.
Then she un-strapped a heavy, military coat from the cantle of her saddle and donned it, for the air was already chill.
They are here set down, most holy father, upon a cantle of sheep-skin.
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Directed by head of drama, Sarah Cantle, the students also contributed to the production of the costumes and set.
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Airline chairman Noel Hayes said he was absolutely satisfied the flight crew - co-pilot Andrew Cantle from York and Spanish pilot Jordi Gola Lopez - were fully qualified.
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Witness Beryl Cantle, 66, said: "There were dozens of police.