ca·​pric·​cio | \ kə-ˈprē-ch(ē-ˌ)ō How to pronounce capriccio (audio) \
plural capriccios

Definition of capriccio

1 : fancy, whimsy
3 : an instrumental piece in free form usually lively in tempo and brilliant in style

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Synonyms for capriccio


antic, caper, dido, escapade, frolic, gag, jest, knavery, monkeyshine(s), practical joke, prank, rag [chiefly British], roguery, shavie [Scottish], shine(s), trick, waggery

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Examples of capriccio in a Sentence

the sort of innocuous capriccio intended to liven up a stuffy dinner party

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Ok so these capriccio bubblies taste like a fruit punch four loko. Zoe Szathmary, Fox News, "The new 'Four Loko'? Capriccio Bubbly Sangria causes social media buzz," 17 May 2018 The latter’s peculiar, angular graphite works appear lightweight next to Ms. Bontecou’s intense capriccios. Jason Farago And Martha Schwendener, New York Times, "What to See at New York’s Art Fairs This Week," 2 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of capriccio

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of capriccio was in 1665

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