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Definition of "capriole" [cap•ri•ole]

  • 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. (noun)
  • A playful leap or jump; a caper. (noun)
  • To perform a capriole. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "capriole" in a sentence
  • "“Glad dance: four count rhythm, jeté on the first pass, capriole on the second,” Lacy called out, banging his counting stick on the floor."
  • "Beth played exquisitely and taught me the latest French gigue, much more complicated, with a very quick capriole in the first pass."
  • "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)."