ca·​pric·​cio kə-ˈprē-ch(ē-ˌ)ō How to pronounce capriccio (audio)
plural capriccios
: an instrumental piece in free form usually lively in tempo and brilliant in style

Examples of capriccio in a Sentence

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


borrowed from Italian — more at caprice

First Known Use

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of capriccio was in 1665

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“Capriccio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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