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.
Origin and Etymology of dressage
French, from dresser to train, drill, from Middle French
First Known Use: 1936See Words from the same year
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Definition of dressage for English Language Learners
: a competition in which horses perform special movements in response to signals from their riders
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