Definition of cabriole in US English:



  • A jump in which one leg is extended into the air forward or backward, 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.’
    • ‘For instance, he's fond of a side-skipping, mazurka-like cabriole; here it was too-often muddy, without the necessary stretch and clarity.’
    • ‘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!’


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