[ 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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