Wondrous Words Wednesday - Cabriolet

Wednesday, April 28, 2021


It's my Mommy's first working day of the week and we had a wonderful long weekend. It almost feels strange to think it's a Wednesday, but then again - Wednesdays are Wondrous Words. So yea! This meme was first created by Kathy over at Bermuda Onion Blog and is now proudly hosted by yours truly. 

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered, or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative! 

No rules apply here, just share any or all the lovely or new words you've encountered over the last fortnight. 

Tips and ideas:

  • Don't go pull the Dictionary down from the shelf. Use words you came across in a book, a TV show, Google, a pamphlet, social media, doctor's room, classroom - the possibilities are endless
  • If you want to share a story around your chosen word, you are welcome
  • If you want to link your chosen word up with a book or books, please do so 
  • You are welcome to share photos or pictures that will describe your word just a bit better (who doesn't love Pictionary)
  • Let's stick to words that are recognized in the English Dictionary. You are welcome to use translations of your chosen word or a brief history if it derives from a different language, but your readers need to be able to find it in the English Dictionary
  • Please add your link to Mr Linky and pay a visit to the other word wizards

You are welcome to use my graphic or design your own!  

Today's word is not a new word to us, but we honesty didn't know its original meaning:

Definition of cabriolet

1a light 2-wheeled one-horse carriage with a folding leather hood, a large rigid shield in front of the seat, and upward-curving shafts
2a convertible coupe

The second one is more what we know and understand as a cabriolet. My Mommy is reading a book set in the 1800's and when one of the characters stepped out of his cabriolet, she was rather confused. Thank you Kindle Dictionary for clearing the confusion up in a matter of seconds. Did you know that a cabriolet is not only Barbie's dream car, but also a type of carriage?

As always My Mommy mostly tries to link her Wondrous word up with a couple of books/movies/characters. There are so many books we can think of with carriages, but we've decided to just go with the ones we can remember without wrecking our brains. The first carriage we can think of, is of course Cinderella's gorgeous pumpkin carriage.


The second carriage that comes to mind, is the "horseless" carriages in Harry Potter.


Favorite carriage scene.... Oh definitely the runaway carriage in The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgerton #2 ) by Julia Quinn. It was sooooo funny! I really am looking forward to Season 2 of Bridgerton and I think it's going to be a great episode. *This is not a spoiler alert, if you haven't read it yet, I gave nothing away. If you have read it, I'm sure you are giggling now. 


We've never had the privilege to ride in a carriage. I know, unbelievable. I am a princess after all. I've never seen a carriage in South Africa, especially not a cabriolet carriage. Unless a donkey cart counts? Seen hundreds of them!


What Wondrous Words did you come across over the passed 2 weeks? Please share them with us and remember to add your name to the linky below.


Lots of Love,



19 comments

  1. Cabriolet- I like that word. Barbie's rocking it!

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    1. Hi Greg! Do you like my vintage Barbie photo??! I really wanted to have a cabriolet like that for my Barbie when I was a little girl. Over 30 years ago...LOL!!

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  2. Great word, which I know in the context of the many historical fiction books I have read over the years!

    I had quite forgotten about the Barbie car, so you set me off on researching all the different Barbie cars over the years, I had no idea there were so many different ones!

    I had an aunt who lived in the US, so I had one of the original Barbie dolls and all the accessories, including the car, long before they ever became available in the UK!

    I think that under the circumstances, and because of course you are a princess, we can count the donkey cart as a cabriolet :)

    My 2-year-old great niece went for her first donkey ride on the beach last week, and loved it. I can foresee pony riding lessons coming up when she is old enough!

    Thanks for sharing and enjoy the rest of your week :)

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    1. Hi Yvonne! I've honestly never knew that a cabriolet is an "old" term. It sounds hip and modern! I haven't read much historical fiction set in the 1800's or so, maybe I need to try a few. Any good suggestions?

      My Barbie dolls never had a car. And I really, really wanted to have that exact one that I used in this post. How lucky where you to have get all the Barbie accessories from your aunt in the US!! We didn't have a lot of accessories, but gosh - we loved playing with Barbie. Do you remember Paper Dolls? Now that was our favorite. My Mom could draw very well and she "designed" the most beautiful dresses for our paper dolls.

      Elza won't be caught dead on a donkey cart. Believe it or not, she is actually terribly shy and only roams our yard. I'm actually very grateful for that.

      Aah, a donkey ride! Yes, I'm afraid pony rides are definitely in the near future...

      Thanks for stopping by and for the lovely chat Yvonne!

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  3. I have ridden in a carriage. My brother-in-law owned a rental store and he had (oddly), amid the backhoes and carpet cleaners, a Cinderella carriage. One year we decked it up with ribbons and bows and flowers and slapped on a sign that said Nance Family and rode it in a parade. Wish we'd taken a photo.

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    1. A real Cinderella carriage?? Oh wow!! I also wish you had taken photos of it! Would have loved to see it.

      I still want to ride in a carriage. We need to start traveling again.....

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  4. I think cabriolet is such a fancy word, when I was growing up all the fancy cars where a type of cabriolet!

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    1. Same here Heather! To this day, if you are really fancy, you drive a cabriolet. I desperately wanted one for my Barbie, but personally, I never wanted one for myself.

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  5. Oooh, nice choice! I'm not sure I've ever even heard/read it. Or else I just skimmed right by it. ;)

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    1. Hi Dedra! I strongly suspect it might be the same case here and it just jumped out when I saw it the las time.

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  6. Learnt another new word today! And judging by all those images, definitely something that comes up often.

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    1. Hi Lex! Apparently it's a word that comes up quite regularly in the old historical novels. I don't read as many of them, so I guess that's why it was a new to me word.

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  7. I knew about the car Cabriolet but didn't realize it was a carriage too! I must have just skimmed over those mentions in historical romances. I LOVE that scene in The Viscount Who Loved Me. I think that's my favorite book in the series.

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    1. Hi Katherine! I also liked The Viscount who loved me, the most. I haven't read the whole series yet, so maybe it's too soon to say. But it really was a fun read!

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