noun, often attributive
dres·sage | \drə-ˈsäzh, 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.

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Eighteen of the top equestrians in the world will be in Paris starting Wednesday and through the weekend at the F.E.I. World Cup for the dressage final, an event that showcases the freestyle to music. Lisa Cowan, New York Times, "The Fancy Footwork of Dressage Freestyle," 9 Apr. 2018 Poliz explained the discipline of dressage and communications between a horse and its rider. Jane Napier Neely, latimes.com, "The Valley Line: She has unbridled enthusiasm for June LCF Chamber of Commerce mixer," 25 June 2018 Gerhard Poliz, a dressage instructor, was the commentator. Jane Napier Neely, latimes.com, "The Valley Line: She has unbridled enthusiasm for June LCF Chamber of Commerce mixer," 25 June 2018 Beatrice, who calls herself Bia, recently won a bronze medal in a national dressage competition. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "'It's a labor of love': Tempel Farms celebrates 60 years of raising and training Lipizzans," 15 June 2018 For 12 weeks from January to April, there are weekly events in dressage and show jumping, scored both cumulatively and as individual competitions, with more than $8 million in prize money distributed annually. Todd Plummer, Town & Country, "Wellington, Florida Travel Guide: How to Enjoy the Winter Equestrian Festival—and More!," 13 Mar. 2017 New this season is a solo segment by stallion Maestoso Batosta, as a tribute to the Olympic sport of dressage. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Tempel Lipizzans celebrates anniversary with new star soloist," 7 June 2018 Spread out over 173 acres, the stables are open to residents and guests of all skill levels and include a covered arena, an outdoor dressage area and a five-acre turf event field. Smithsonian, "Discover Palmetto Bluff’s great outdoors," 1 Apr. 2018 The Board of Public Works on Wednesday unanimously approved $1 million for improvements to the Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area, which is to be the new host of an annual international event of horse jumping, cross country and dressage. Jeff Barker, baltimoresun.com, "Fair Hill gets funding for international equestrian event," 16 May 2018

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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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The first known use of dressage was in 1912

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English Language Learners Definition of dressage

: a competition in which horses perform special movements in response to signals from their riders

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