cav·​al·​let·​ti ˌka-və-ˈle-tē How to pronounce cavalletti (audio)
variants or less commonly cavaletti
plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: a series of timber jumps that are adjustable in height for schooling horses

Word History


borrowed from Italian, plural of cavalletto "trestle, stand," from cavallo "horse" (going back to Latin caballus "work horse, gelding") + -etto, diminutive suffix — more at cavalcade

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cavalletti was in 1950

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Cite this Entry

“Cavalletti.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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