Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An upward leap made by a trained horse without going forward and with a backward kick of the hind legs at the height of the leap.
  • n. A playful leap or jump; a caper.
  • intransitive v. To perform a capriole.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A leap that a horse makes with all fours, upwards only, without advancing, but with a kick or jerk of the hind legs when at the height of the leap.
  • n. A leap or caper, as in dancing.
  • intransitive v. To perform a capriole.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To execute a capriole; leap; skip.
  • n. A caper or leap, as in dancing; a sudden bound; a spring.
  • n. In the manège, an upward spring or leap made by a horse without advancing, the hind legs being jerked out when at the height of the leap.
  • n. A kind of head-dress worn by women.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a playful leap or hop
  • v. perform a capriole, in ballet
  • v. perform a capriole, of horses in dressage
  • n. (dressage) a vertical jump of a trained horse with a kick of the hind legs at the top of the jump

Etymologies

French, from Italian capriola, somersault, from capriolo, roebuck, wild goat, from Latin capreolus, diminutive of caper, capr-, goat.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • “Glad dance: four count rhythm, jeté on the first pass, capriole on the second,” Lacy called out, banging his counting stick on the floor.

    Exit the Actress

  • Beth played exquisitely and taught me the latest French gigue, much more complicated, with a very quick capriole in the first pass.

    Exit the Actress

  • Borumoter first took his gage at lil lolly lavvander waader since when capriole legs covets limbs of a crane and was it the twylyd or the mounth of the yare or the feint of her smell made the seo-men assalt of her (in imageascene all: whimwhim whimwhim).

    Finnegans Wake

  • Instead of viewing him on a fiery Pegasus, and "snatching a grace beyond the reach of art," we behold the author mounted on a strange animal, something between a rough Welsh poney and a Peruvian sheep, whose utmost capriole only tends to land him in the mud.

    Early Reviews of English Poets

  • Into the depths of these forests we were to penetrate in pursuit of our game, and finer covers to be stocked with cingale and capriole, or bolder scenery for the theatre of our sylvan sport, can scarcely be imagined.

    Rambles in the Islands of Corsica and Sardinia with Notices of their History, Antiquities, and Present Condition.

  • Dressage terms like; capriole, levade, piaffe, pirouette, sound very much like those used in classical ballet and definitely equal the precision, control and athleticism required of a prima ballerina, yet these are the movements of a 1200 lb. horse.

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  • There's richness from brioche toasted in butter; bits of capriole Mt. St. Francis goat cheese lend a grassy intensity in small doses; toasted pepitas add crunch and nuttiness; and the pungent, spicy sweetness of blackstrap molasses vinaigrette brings the components together.

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    March 14, 2009