Meaning of cabriolet in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkabrɪəleɪ/


  • 1A car with a roof that folds down.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘It is one dominated by sedans that take just under 50%, with station wagons, people carriers, cabriolets, and coupes accounting for the rest.’
    • ‘Traditionally, demand for - and therefore prices of - open sports cars and cabriolets rose in the spring, stayed high through the summer, dipped in the autumn and plummeted in winter.’
    • ‘If a 4-seat cabriolet is a little too big or a V - 8 not enough power, don't fret.’
    • ‘The next time you're out, there will be lots of cabriolets and luxury sedans.’
    • ‘It does mean, nevertheless, that a cabriolet must first and foremost work as a regular hard top car for it to be worth buying.’
    • ‘With no beams or bars to disrupt the view, as there would be in a normal cabriolet or roadster, it's a bit like sitting in the cockpit of a glider.’
    • ‘Gerry drove away with his own cabriolet - this was the best way for him to sort out his thoughts.’
    • ‘The floors are hard polished and the spotlights angle down to display the roadsters and the coupes and the cabriolets at their very best.’
    • ‘Finally, I decided I'd trade in the cabriolet and invest in another secondhand car.’
    • ‘The new cabriolet is in very strong demand worldwide, so the initial offering in Ireland will be powered by the 1.6 litre 102 bhp engine.’
    • ‘Richard went around the city on a Vespa and she in an used cabriolet.’
    • ‘The wives showed themselves true to stereotype by forever cooking meals containing an abundance of chips and driving to shoe shops in Japanese cabriolets.’
    • ‘Not even the rotten cabriolets out there can put this bunch off.’
    • ‘An increase in body rigidity of 112 per cent compared with the outgoing cabriolet will also bring benefits both dynamically and in terms of safety.’
    • ‘It is for any manufacturer who produces a cabriolet a niche product.’
    • ‘Reports are sketchy about the model though it is said to be a cabriolet of some description.’
    • ‘Not only is it a stunning car in its own right, but also a fantastic re-working of the cabriolet.’
  • 2A light two-wheeled carriage with a hood, drawn by one horse.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘This vehicle needed a smaller less flashy horse than the Cabriolet and the groom sat to the left of the driver.’


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.