from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A light leap by a horse, in which both hind legs leave the ground just before the forelegs are set down.
- intransitive v. To leap in a curvet.
- intransitive v. To prance; frolic.
- transitive v. To cause to leap in a curvet.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To leap about, frolic.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A particular leap of a horse, when he raises both his fore legs at once, equally advanced, and, as his fore legs are falling, raises his hind legs, so that all his legs are in the air at once.
- n. A prank; a frolic.
- intransitive v. To make a curvet; to leap; to bound.
- intransitive v. To leap and frisk; to frolic.
- transitive v. To cause to curvet.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the manège, a leap of a horse in which both the fore legs are raised at once and equally advanced, the haunches lowered, and the hind legs brought forward, the horse springing as the fore legs are falling, so that all his legs are in the air at once.
- n. Figuratively, a prank; a frolic.
- To leap in a curvet; prance.
- To leap and frisk.
- To cause to make a curvet; cause to make an upward spring.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. perform a leap where both hind legs come off the ground, of a horse
- n. a light leap by a horse in which both hind legs leave the ground before the forelegs come down
Italian corvetta, from Old Italian, from Old French courbette, from courber, to curve, from Latin curvāre, from curvus, curved; see sker-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian corvetta, diminutive of corva, an early form of curva ‘curve’, from Latin curva feminine of curvus ‘bent, curved’. (Wiktionary)