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  1. a caper or leap.
  2. Manège. a movement in which the horse jumps up with its forelegs well drawn in, kicks out with its hind legs in a horizontal position in the air, and then lands again on the same spot.
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verb (used without object), cap·ri·oled, cap·ri·ol·ing.
  1. to execute a capriole.
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Origin of capriole

1570–80; < Middle French < Italian capriola, noun derivative of capriolare to leap, caper, verbal derivative of capri(u)olo roebuck < Latin capreolus, equivalent to capre(a) roe deer (derivative of caper male goat; cf. caper1) + -olus -ole1
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Related Words for capriole

plunge, dive, rise, upsurge, bounce, hurdle, fall, vault, drop, swerve, plummet, canter, dance, spring, bound, caper, jar, lurch, start, hop

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Historical Examples of capriole

  • Next to Corvet and Capriole are Motions of the same nature, and in short are thus taught.

    The School of Recreation (1684 edition)

    Robert Howlett

British Dictionary definitions for capriole


  1. dressage a high upward but not forward leap made by a horse with all four feet off the ground
  2. dancing a leap from bent knees
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  1. (intr) to perform a capriole
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Word Origin for capriole

C16: from French, from Old Italian capriola, from capriolo roebuck, from Latin capreolus, caper goat
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