Definition of dressage in English:



  • [mass noun] The art of riding and training a horse in a manner that develops obedience, flexibility, and balance.

    ‘she was learning dressage on a black mare’
    [as modifier] ‘Britain 's top dressage rider’
    • ‘The dressage horses were kept dead straight in their bodies - no crooked canters here!’
    • ‘Dressage training continues through the stallions fourth, fifth and sixth year to fourth level dressage.’
    • ‘After a few years Mandy found she enjoyed dressage, where horses perform set manoeuvres signalled by the rider.’
    • ‘I was quoted in an issue of Dressage Today, and started riding on third level at dressage horse shows.’
    • ‘Whether your sport is dressage, eventing, or jumping, your foal will have to want to learn and want to work.’
    • ‘Pam emphasizes that dressage should be fun for both the horse and the rider.’
    • ‘Riders compete for Olympic medals in three different categories: dressage, showjumping and three-day eventing.’
    • ‘His wife, Cheryl, is a former dressage rider and sport horse breeder.’
    • ‘Ring events are held every day the show is open, with equestrian events such as showjumping and dressage.’
    • ‘We get a lot of people come out who are looking for dressage or jumping horses.’
    • ‘Of the three other bits used, all are currently legal for dressage and eventing competitions.’
    • ‘There is a high equestrian element to both islands, largely involving showjumping and dressage and what have you.’
    • ‘Their novice dressage and showjumping teams have won through to the National Riding Club Championships.’
    • ‘Riders will compete in dressage and showjumping for individuals and team titles.’
    • ‘Musical freestyle dressage combines the beauty and strength of the horse with the stirring impact of music.’
    • ‘Eventing, dressage and some other equestrian activities will also be permitted to resume.’
    • ‘Three-day eventing includes showjumping, dressage and the cross country section, which is said to have the highest risk factor.’
    • ‘Over 700 dressage enthusiasts watched as he worked horses from training level to grand prix.’
    • ‘Olympic horse events include show jumping and dressage.’
    • ‘It is rare indeed for show-jumping or dressage or even polo to excite more than warm applause from onlookers.’


1930s: from French, literally training, from dresser to train.