car·​a·​cole ˈker-ə-ˌkōl How to pronounce caracole (audio)
: a half turn to right or left executed by a mounted horse
caracole verb

Word History


borrowed from French, borrowed from Spanish caracol "snail, gastropod, shell of a gastropod, curl (of hair), caracole executed by a horse" — more at escargot

First Known Use

1614, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of caracole was in 1614

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Cite this Entry

“Caracole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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