1. a caper; leap.
2. Manège. a movement in classical riding where a horse jumps up with its forelegs tucked in, kicks out its hind legs in the air, and lands on the same spot.
verb (used without object), cap·ri·oled, cap·ri·ol·ing.
3. to perform a capriole.
1570-80; < Middle French < Italian capriola, noun derivative of capriolare to leap, caper, verbal derivative of capri (u) olo roebuck < Latin capreolus, equivalent to capre (a) roe deer (derivative of caper male goat; cf. caper1) + -olus -ole1