[ kar-uh-kohl ]
/ ˈkær əˌkoʊl /


a half turn executed by a horse and rider.
Rare. a winding staircase.

verb (used without object), car·a·coled, car·a·col·ing.

to execute caracoles; wheel.

Origin of caracole

1650–60; < French < Spanish caracol snail, spiral shell or stair, turning movement (of a horse)

Related forms

car·a·col·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for caracole

  • When she found herself alone, she let her pony prance and caracole under a great pear-tree, and inwardly chafed against Anton.

    Debit and Credit|Gustav Freytag
  • The horse of one of these cavaliers made a caracole which brought it nearly upon Alain as he was about to cross.

    The Parisians, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for caracole


caracol (ˈkærəˌkɒl)

/ (ˈkærəˌkəʊl) /


dressage a half turn to the right or left
a spiral staircase

verb (intr)

dressage to execute a half turn to the right or left

Word Origin for caracole

C17: from French, from Spanish caracol snail, spiral staircase, turn
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