Definition of cabriolet in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkabrɪə(ʊ)leɪ/


1A car with a roof that folds down.
Example sentences
  • Taking only a minimum of effort to change guises, it can be transformed from a three-door hatchback to a small sedan with an open roof, a cabriolet, a sporty spider or even a pickup.
  • However, turning the car into a cabriolet, spider or pick-up does takes some time and effort.
  • As rain lashed across the street, he watched a neighbour struggling to close the roof of his cabriolet.
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2A light two-wheeled carriage with a hood, drawn by one horse.
Example sentences
  • Different kinds of carriages, coaches, cabriolets, caroches, and carryalls were parked in rows, some of them currently being worked on by a dozen or so employees.
  • A true horse drawn cabriolet is not a terribly uncommon sight in areas with large horse populations, as the carriage handles well, looks elegant, and is suitable for a wide range of weather conditions.
  • The reference to the horse-drawn cabriolet and the ‘blind lamps’ gives this poem a historical feel and adds to its restrained poetics.


Mid 18th century: from French, from cabriole 'goat's leap', from cabrioler 'to leap in the air' (see cabriole); so named because of the carriage's motion.

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