the hind part of a saddle, usually curved upward. See illus. under saddle.
a corner; piece; portion: a cantle of land.

1275–1325; Middle English cantel (< Anglo-French) < Medieval Latin cantellus, equivalent to Latin cant(us) (see cant2) + -ellus diminutive suffix Unabridged
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cantle (ˈkæntəl)
1.  the back part of a saddle that slopes upwards
2.  a slice; a broken-off piece
[C14: from Old Northern French cantel, from cant corner; see cant²]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., "a part, a portion," also "a section cut out of anything" (mid-15c.), from O.N.Fr. cantel (Fr. chanteau), from M.L. cantellus, dim. of cantus "corner" (see chant).
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Example sentences
Sturdy neoprene pockets under the flaps and cantle provide a secure fit.
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