capriccio

noun
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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Examples of capriccio in a Sentence

the sort of innocuous capriccio intended to liven up a stuffy dinner party
Recent Examples on the Web Ok so these capriccio bubblies taste like a fruit punch four loko. Zoe Szathmary, Fox News, 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, 2 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of capriccio

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for capriccio

borrowed from Italian — more at caprice

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The first known use of capriccio was in 1665

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“Capriccio.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/capriccio. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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