noun, often attributive
dres·​sage | \ drə-ˈsäzh How to pronounce dressage (audio) , dre- \

Definition of dressage

: the execution by a trained horse of precision movements in response to barely perceptible signals from its rider

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This is a sport involving the execution of precise movements by a trained horse in response to barely perceptible signals from its rider. The word dressage means “training” in French. Particularly important are the animal’s pace and bearing in performing walks, trots, canters, and more specialized maneuvers. Training is divided into the elementary campagne and the advanced haute école. Dressage competitions have been included in the Olympic Games since 1912. Riders compete as individuals and in teams.

Examples of dressage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In fact, she was raised as a dressage horse before appearing on The Sopranos, according to News 12. Stephanie Wenger, PEOPLE.com, 7 Feb. 2022 The dressage team upgraded to silver from its Rio bronze and the jumping team duplicated its silver with Jessica Springsteen up. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Aug. 2021 Steffen Peters and the United States dressage team did something that had not been done in more than 70 years. San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 July 2021 Equestrian has its first day of dressage grand prix team and individual competition. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, 7 Aug. 2021 The home base is at the Plantation Equestrian Center where riders of every age and level are offered opportunities to compete in both the hunter/jumper and dressage divisions. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, 12 Aug. 2021 Katrien Quintelier says her father became passionate about equestrian at age 18 and developed into an accomplished dressage rider. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 6 Aug. 2021 The others: cyclists Bradly Wiggins (8), Chris Hoy (7) and Jason Kenny (7); rower Steve Redgrave (6); dressage rider Charlotte Dujardin (6); and swimmer Duncan Scott (6). David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Aug. 2021 The team ranges from 16-year-old gymnast Viktoria Listunova to 56-year-old dressage rider Inessa Merkulova. James Ellingworth, Star Tribune, 18 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of dressage

1912, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dressage

French, from dresser to train, drill, from Middle French

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“Dressage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dressage. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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