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cabriolet

[kab-ree-uh-ley] /ˌkæb ri əˈleɪ/
noun
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.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70; < French: literally, little caper; so called from its light movement. See cabriole, -et
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cabriolet

/ˌkæbrɪəʊˈleɪ/
noun
1.
a small two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage with two seats and a folding hood
2.
a former name for a drophead coupé
Word Origin
C18: from French, literally: a little skip, from cabriole, from Latin capreolus wild goat, from caper goat; referring to the lightness of movement
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Word Origin and History for cabriolet
n.

"light two-wheeled chaise," 1766, from French cabriolet (18c.), derivative of cabriole (see cab). So called from its light, leaping motion.

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Encyclopedia Article for cabriolet

originally a two-wheeled, doorless, hooded, one-horse carriage, first used in 18th-century France and often let out for hire. The name is thought to derive from cabriole (French: "caper") because of the vehicle's light, bounding motion. Later cabriolets were built with four wheels. When used as hacks, cabriolets often had a jump seat or a side seat for the driver. Later, the word cabriolet, shortened to "cab," was used for any carriage for hire, as a hackney cab.

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