[ gam-bey-doh ]
/ gæmˈbeɪ doʊ /

noun, plural gam·ba·dos, gam·ba·does.

a spring or leap by a horse.
a caper or antic.
Also gam·bade [gam-beyd, -bahd] /gæmˈbeɪd, -ˈbɑd/.

Origin of gambado

1810–20; probably a pseudo-Spanish alteration of French gambade a leap or spring, perhaps < Provençal cambado, gambado, equivalent to gamb(a) leg (see jamb1) + -ado -ade1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for gambade (1 of 2)

/ (ɡæmˈbeɪdəʊ) /

noun plural -dos or -does

either of two leather holders for the feet attached to a horse's saddle-like stirrups
either of a pair of leggings

Word Origin for gambado

C17: from Italian gamba leg, from Late Latin: leg, hoof; see jamb

British Dictionary definitions for gambade (2 of 2)


gambade (ɡæmˈbeɪd, -ˈbɑːd)

/ (ɡæmˈbeɪdəʊ) /

noun plural -bados, -badoes or -bades

dressage another word for curvet
a leap or gambol; caper

Word Origin for gambado

C19: from French gambade spring (of a horse), ultimately from Spanish or Italian gamba leg
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