Definition of Lipizzaner in US English:


(also Lippizaner)


  • A horse of a fine white breed used especially in displays of dressage.

    • ‘When the prized Lipizzaner horse went lame with arthritis, vets were baffled.’
    • ‘She and I train a variety of breeds - mostly Lipizzaners, Andalusians, and warmbloods.’
    • ‘There are loving descriptions of the dancing white Lippizaner horses of the Spanish Riding School.’
    • ‘There are even Lippizaner horses and a jousting show.’
    • ‘He said it might help if they never walked like Lippizaner horses.’
    • ‘The Lipizzaners were originally a Spanish breed, which were raised in the Slovene town of Lipica and this is where the name comes from.’
    • ‘The show, set in Vienna at the turn of the 20th century, is about belonging, Lipizzaner horses and the best way to live life.’
    • ‘Performances take place in a huge galleried hall in the imperial palace, where the muscular, groomed Lipizzaner stallions rear, prance and sashay in time to the music.’
    • ‘If you're a devotee of the classic skills of haute école horsemanship, then the famed Lippizaner horses at the Winter Riding School are not to be missed.’
    • ‘If horses could be ballerinas, that's what Lipizzaners would be.’
    • ‘Scandinavian lounge tunes spun by stylish house DJs further lighten the mood, and the usual crowd of drop-dead gorgeous ice queens strut past like Lipizzaner ponies as you drink.’
    • ‘Such adrenalin rushes are contrasted with quieter scenes emphasizing the intricate hoofwork familiar through the Lipizzaner shows of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna.’


Early 20th century: from German, from Lippiza, site of the former Austrian Imperial stud near Trieste.