[ kap-ree-ohl ]
/ ˈkæp riˌoʊl /


a caper or leap.
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.

verb (used without object), cap·ri·oled, cap·ri·ol·ing.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for capriole

/ (ˈkæprɪˌəʊl) /


dressage a high upward but not forward leap made by a horse with all four feet off the ground
dancing a leap from bent knees


(intr) to perform a capriole

Word Origin for capriole

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