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piaffe Syllabification: piaffe
Pronunciation: /pēˈaf/

Definition of piaffe in English:


A movement performed in advanced dressage and classical riding, in which the horse executes a slow, elevated trot without moving forward.
Example sentences
  • Stopping in the center of the arena they performed a piaffe worthy of international competition.
  • She recently worked with a clinician to teach her horse half-steps, which precede training the piaffe.
  • The horse is taken through a series of tests, such as the pirouette, piaffe and passage, in a walk, trot and canter.


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(Of a horse) perform a piaffe.
Example sentences
  • "My daughter once saw a professional whose horse piaffed backward out of the ring," she says.
  • The stallion piaffed, cantered, did shoulders-in and half-passes.
  • Milo obediently piaffed and passaged, and I was very proud of him and keen to show his talent for the difficult work.


Mid 18th century: from French piaffer 'to strut'.

Words that rhyme with piaffe

caff, carafe, faff, gaff, gaffe, naff, Najaf, Taff

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