curvet

noun
cur·​vet | \ (ˌ)kər-ˈvet How to pronounce curvet (audio) \

Definition of curvet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a prancing leap of a horse in which the hind legs are raised just before the forelegs touch the ground

curvet

verb
curvetted or curveted; curvetting or curveting

Definition of curvet (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to make a curvet also : prance, caper

First Known Use of curvet

Noun

1575, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1592, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for curvet

Noun

Italian corvetta, from Middle French courbette, from courber to curve, from Latin curvare

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“Curvet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/curvet. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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