[ druh-sahzh; French dre-sazh ]
/ drəˈsɑʒ; French drɛˈsaʒ /


the art or method of training a horse in obedience and in precision of movement.

Origin of dressage

1935–40; < French, equivalent to dress(er) to dress + -age -age
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British Dictionary definitions for dressage


/ (ˈdrɛsɑːʒ) /


the method of training a horse to perform manoeuvres in response to the rider's body signals
the manoeuvres performed by a horse trained in this method

Word Origin for dressage

French: preparation, from Old French dresser to prepare; see dress
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Word Origin and History for dressage



1936, from French dressage, from dresser "to train, drill" (see dress (v.)). Middle English had dress (v.) in the sense of "to train or break in" a horse or other animal (c.1400), but it died out.

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