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
Recent Examples of capriole from the Web
During a recent visit, we were treated to delicate saucisson sausage along with regionally crafted cheese, the capriole goat pairing particularly well with the house pepper jelly.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'capriole'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
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: 1594See Words from the same year
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up capriole? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).