capriccio

[ kuh-pree-chee-oh; Italian kah-preet-chaw ]
/ kəˈpri tʃiˌoʊ; Italian kɑˈprit tʃɔ /

noun, plural ca·pric·ci·os, ca·pric·ci [kuh-pree-chee; Italian kah-preet-chee]. /kəˈpri tʃi; Italian kɑˈprit tʃi/.

Music. a composition in a free, irregular style.
a caper; prank.
a whim; caprice.

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Origin of capriccio

First recorded in 1595–1605; Italian “sudden startle,” possibly from capra “nanny goat” or capro “billy goat” (as of the skipping of a kid or goat), from Vulgar Latin capriceus “goat” (unattested); possibly from capo capo2 and riccio (adjective) “curly,” (noun) “hedgehog” (see arriccio)
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British Dictionary definitions for capriccio

capriccio

caprice

/ (kəˈprɪtʃɪˌəʊ) /

noun plural -priccios, -pricci (-ˈpriːtʃɪ) or -prices

music a lively piece composed freely and without adhering to the rules for any specific musical form

Word Origin for capriccio

C17: from Italian: caprice
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