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.

    • ‘For instance, he's fond of a side-skipping, mazurka-like cabriole; here it was too-often muddy, without the necessary stretch and clarity.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘She thunderstruck the audience with her grounded, undulating attack and startling series of parallel, tilted cabrioles.’


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