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”). Compare cant (Etymology 3).
cantle (plural cantles)
- (obsolete) A splinter, slice, or sliver broken off something.
- c. 1597 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (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.