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[noun kur-vit; verb ker-vet, kur-vit]
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  1. Dressage. a leap of a horse from a rearing position, in which it springs up with the hind legs outstretched as the forelegs descend.
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verb (used without object), cur·vet·ted or cur·vet·ed, cur·vet·ting or cur·vet·ing.
  1. to leap in a curvet, as a horse; cause one's horse to do this.
  2. to leap and frisk.
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verb (used with object), cur·vet·ted or cur·vet·ed, cur·vet·ting or cur·vet·ing.
  1. to cause to make a curvet.
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Origin of curvet

1565–75; earlier curvetto < Italian corvetta < French courbette, equivalent to courb(er) to bend, curve (≪ Latin curvāre; cf. curve) + -ette -ette
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Related Words for curvet

plummet, skip, dive, drop, bound, bounce, surge, take, hop, fall, vault, top, quiver, barge, rattle, pop, hurdle, shake, trip, caper

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Historical Examples of curvet

  • His eyes shone with pleasure, and he allowed his horse to curvet freely.

    Before the Dawn

    Joseph Alexander Altsheler

  • With a curvet the boat from the open rounds up at the ladder.

    Sea and Sardinia

    D. H. Lawrence

  • The others left at the post fret, and fidget, and curvet about.

  • The cavaliers compel their horses to prance and curvet as they go by some lady of especial favor.

    Life on a Mediaeval Barony

    William Stearns Davis

  • Next follows the curvet, which is performed by throwing the body suddenly backwards until the hands touch the ground.

British Dictionary definitions for curvet


  1. dressage a low leap with all four feet off the ground
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verb -vets, -vetting, -vetted, -vets, -veting or -veted
  1. dressage to make or cause to make such a leap
  2. (intr) to prance or frisk about
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Word Origin for curvet

C16: from Old Italian corvetta, from Old French courbette, from courber to bend, from Latin curvāre
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