- haute école(def 1).
- the art or method of training a horse in obedience and in precision of movement.
Origin of dressage
Examples from the Web for dressage
And no Stepford husband would ever tolerate a wife with as consuming a personal passion as dressage.American Dreams: ‘The Stepford Wives’ by Ira Levin
August 24, 2012
Dressage is a useful therapy for people with multiple sclerosis.Lay Off the Dressage Attacks on Mitt and Ann Romney’s Horse Rafalca
August 3, 2012
The Telegraph: Royal horsewoman Zara Philips still in contention for a medal with the UK's equestrian team in dressage.Royal Round Up
July 29, 2012
The first time the “military test”—dressage, jumping, and eventing—was included in the Olympics was in 1912.
After this, dressage became a more civilian sport, and the first women competed at the 1952 Olympics.
She laughed very prettily and told me my dressage would perhaps be difficult, as I was noble.The King in Yellow
Robert W. Chambers
- the method of training a horse to perform manoeuvres in response to the rider's body signals
- the manoeuvres performed by a horse trained in this method
Word Origin and History for dressage
1936, from French dressage, from dresser "to train, drill" (see dress (v.)). Middle English had dress (v.) in the sense of "to train or break in" a horse or other animal (c.1400), but it died out.