Definition of cabriole in English:



  • A jump in which one leg is extended into the air forwards or backwards, the other is brought up to meet it, and the dancer lands on the second foot.

    • ‘She thunderstruck the audience with her grounded, undulating attack and startling series of parallel, tilted cabrioles.’
    • ‘He imbued every movement with emotion, from high-flying cabrioles to the sweep of a cloak, at one moment reaching out to the audience as if to implore their help.’
    • ‘You'd see a double cabriole and next day you'd go into the studio and think, if he could do this then I'll try!’
    • ‘For instance, he's fond of a side-skipping, mazurka-like cabriole; here it was too-often muddy, without the necessary stretch and clarity.’


French, literally ‘light leap’, from cabrioler (earlier caprioler), from Italian capriolare ‘to leap in the air’ (see capriole).