From Middle English cantle, cantel, from Old Northern French cantel, Old French chantel (Modern French chanteau, Bourguignon chainteâ), from Medieval Latin cantellus, diminutive of Latin cantus (“corner”).
cantle (plural cantles)
- (obsolete) A splinter, slice, or sliver broken off something.
- c. 1597, William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals, and the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals):, Act III, Scene i:
- See how this river comes me cranking in, / And cuts me from the best of all my land / A huge half-moon, a monstrous cantle out.
- 1600, Edward Fairfax (tr.), The Jerusalem Delivered of Tasso, Book VI, xlviii:
- Their armors forged were of metal frail; / On every side thereof huge cantles flies; / The land was strewed all with plate and mail, / That on the earth, on that their warm blood lies.
- The raised back of a saddle.
- (Scotland) The top of the head.
- (Scotland) On many styles of sporran, a metal arc along the top of the pouch, usually fronting the clasp.
splinter, slice, or sliver broken off something
back part of saddle