noun cap·ri·ole \ˈka-prē-ˌōl\

Definition of capriole

  1. 1 :  a playful leap :  caper

  2. 2 of a trained horse :  a vertical leap with a backward kick of the hind legs at the height of the leap


intransitive verb

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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