[noun kur-vit; verb ker-vet, kur-vit]
- Dressage. a leap of a horse from a rearing position, in which it springs up with the hind legs outstretched as the forelegs descend.
- to leap in a curvet, as a horse; cause one's horse to do this.
- to leap and frisk.
- to cause to make a curvet.
Origin of curvet
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Examples from the Web for curvet
His eyes shone with pleasure, and he allowed his horse to curvet freely.Before the Dawn
Joseph Alexander Altsheler
With a curvet the boat from the open rounds up at the ladder.Sea and Sardinia
D. H. Lawrence
The others left at the post fret, and fidget, and curvet about.Sport and Work on the Nepaul Frontier
The cavaliers compel their horses to prance and curvet as they go by some lady of especial favor.Life on a Mediaeval Barony
William Stearns Davis
Next follows the curvet, which is performed by throwing the body suddenly backwards until the hands touch the ground.Acrobats and Mountebanks
Hugues Le Roux
- dressage a low leap with all four feet off the ground
- dressage to make or cause to make such a leap
- (intr) to prance or frisk about
C16: from Old Italian corvetta, from Old French courbette, from courber to bend, from Latin curvāre
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