Definition of capriole
1 : a playful leap : caper
2 of a trained horse : a vertical leap with a backward kick of the hind legs at the height of the leap
Origin and Etymology of capriole
Medieval French or Old Italian; Medieval French capriole, from Old Italian capriola, from capriolo roebuck, from Latin capreolus goat, roebuck, from capr-, caper he-goat; akin to Old English hæfer goat, Greek kapros wild boar
First Known Use: 1594
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