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

  • 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.
  • To execute a capriole; leap; skip.

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

  • 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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  • "Like the satyr, the Devil is a rakishly handsome man with at least one cloven hoof, a long tail, horns or goat's ears. Both are master musicians—the satyr plays the lyre or pipes, the Devil the violin. Both scamper in dance-like movements of the goat, performing caprioles."
    —Steven Lonsdale, quoted in Barbara Ehrenreich, Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy (New York: Metropolitan Books, 2006), 81

    March 14, 2009