Definition of piaffe in English:


Line breaks: pi¦affe
Pronunciation: /pɪˈaf


  • (also piaffer /pɪˈafə/) A movement performed in advanced dressage and classical riding, in which the horse executes a slow elevated trot without moving forward: a piaffe calls for more collection than a measured trot [mass noun]: he showed a lot of potential in passage and piaffe
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    • 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.
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    • "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'.

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