Definition of cabriolet in English:



  • 1A car with a roof that folds down.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The floors are hard polished and the spotlights angle down to display the roadsters and the coupes and the cabriolets at their very best.’
    • ‘If a 4-seat cabriolet is a little too big or a V - 8 not enough power, don't fret.’
    • ‘It does mean, nevertheless, that a cabriolet must first and foremost work as a regular hard top car for it to be worth buying.’
    • ‘The next time you're out, there will be lots of cabriolets and luxury sedans.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, turning the car into a cabriolet, spider or pick-up does takes some time and effort.’
    • ‘The wives showed themselves true to stereotype by forever cooking meals containing an abundance of chips and driving to shoe shops in Japanese cabriolets.’
    • ‘Gerry drove away with his own cabriolet - this was the best way for him to sort out his thoughts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Not only is it a stunning car in its own right, but also a fantastic re-working of the cabriolet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is for any manufacturer who produces a cabriolet a niche product.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Not even the rotten cabriolets out there can put this bunch off.’
    • ‘Finally, I decided I'd trade in the cabriolet and invest in another secondhand car.’
    • ‘Reports are sketchy about the model though it is said to be a cabriolet of some description.’
    • ‘As rain lashed across the street, he watched a neighbour struggling to close the roof of his cabriolet.’
    • ‘Richard went around the city on a Vespa and she in an used cabriolet.’
    • ‘It is one dominated by sedans that take just under 50%, with station wagons, people carriers, cabriolets, and coupes accounting for the rest.’
  • 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.’
    • ‘This vehicle needed a smaller less flashy horse than the Cabriolet and the groom sat to the left of the driver.’
    • ‘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.’


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.