Definition of "curvet" [cur•vet]

  • A light leap by a horse, in which both hind legs leave the ground just before the forelegs are set down. (noun)
  • To leap in a curvet. (verb-intransitive)
  • To prance; frolic. (verb-intransitive)
  • To cause to leap in a curvet. (verb-transitive)

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Use "curvet" in a sentence
  • "I can see my husband riding the margins of the field, talking to his land steward, and I kick Arthur into a rolling canter and come up to him in a rush that makes his own horse sidle and curvet in the mud."
  • "Theogine's horse in Heliodorus [4846] curvet, prance, and go so proudly, exultans alacriter et superbiens, &c., but that such as mine author supposeth, he was in love with his master? dixisses ipsum equum pulchrum intelligere pulchram domini fomam?"
  • "But gaining in speed; and gaining on him, slicing toward him in a wide curvet like hounds let loose on the side of a meadow, and he the fox already moving broadly down its middle."