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capriccio

[ kuh-pree-chee-oh; Italian kah-preet-chaw ]
/ k蓹藞pri t蕛i藢o蕣; Italian k蓱藞prit t蕛蓴 /
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noun, plural ca路pric路ci路os, ca路pric路ci [kuh-pree-chee; Italian kah-preet-chee]. /k蓹藞pri t蕛i; Italian k蓱藞prit t蕛i/.
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鈥1605; Italian 鈥渟udden startle,鈥 possibly from capra 鈥渘anny goat鈥 or capro 鈥渂illy goat鈥 (as of the skipping of a kid or goat), from Vulgar Latin capriceus 鈥済oat鈥 (unattested); possibly from capo capo2 and riccio (adjective) 鈥渃urly,鈥 (noun) 鈥渉edgehog鈥 (see arriccio)
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British Dictionary definitions for capriccio

capriccio

caprice

/ (k蓹藞pr瑟t蕛瑟藢蓹蕣) /

noun plural -priccios, -pricci (-藞pri藧t蕛瑟) 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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