Definition of croupade in English:

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Pronunciation: /krʊˈpeɪd/


A movement performed in classical riding, in which the horse leaps from the ground with its legs tucked under its body.
Example sentences
  • Ballotade is similar to croupade but differs in the fact that the horse, when pulling his hind legs under, turns his hooves so, that his hind shoes can be seen from behind.
  • The courbette, capriole, croupade, and levade are actually cavalry moves.
  • The spotlight event was an exhibition of cadenced, old-school courbettes, croupades and caprioles, all of them stylizations of the leaping, twisting, fighting and frolicking of high-spirited horses in pasture.


Mid 17th century: French, from Italian groppata, from groppa 'croup'.

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