capriccio

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Italian capriccio. Doublet of caprice.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kəˈpriːt͡ʃoʊ/
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Noun[edit]

capriccio (plural capriccios or capricci)

  1. A sudden and unexpected or fantastic motion; a caper (from same etymology, see below); a gambol; a prank, a trick.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:prank
  2. A fantastical thing or work.
    Synonyms: caprice; see also Thesaurus:whim
    • c. 1604–1605, William Shakespeare, “All’s VVell, that Ends VVell”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene iii], page 239, column 2:
      Will this Capricio hold in thee, art ſure?
    • 1700, Tom Brown, Amusements Serious and Comical, calculated for the Meridian of London, page 10:
      If any Man for that reaſon has an Inclination to divert himſelf, and Sail with me round the Globe, to ſuperviſe almoſt all the Conditions of Humane Life, without being infected with the Vanities, and Vices that attend such a Whimſical Perambulation; let him follow me, who am going to Relate it in a Stile, and Language, proper to the Variety of the Subject: For as the Caprichio came Naturally into my Pericranium, I am reſolv’d to purſue it through Thick and Thin, to enlarge my Capacity for a Man of Buſineſs.
  3. (painting) A type of landscape painting that places particular works of architecture in an unusual setting.
    • 2005, Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty, (Bloomsbury Publishing, paperback, page 5)
      Above the drawing-room fireplace there was a painting by Guardi, a capriccio of Venice in a gilt rococo frame []
  4. (music) A piece of music, usually fairly free in form and of a lively character.
    • 1909, O. Henry, “The Renaissance at Charleroi”, in Roads of Destiny[1]:
      The stillness returned, save for the little voices of the night—the owl's recitative, the capriccio of the crickets, the concerto of the frogs in the grass.

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Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Either from Dutch capriccio or from English capriccio, ultimately from Italian capriccio.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: cap‧ri‧ccio

Noun[edit]

capriccio (plural capriccios)

  1. (music) capriccio

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From ealier caporiccio, from capo +‎ riccio, literally curly head. People believed that curly hair was a sign for a capricious and unruly character.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kaˈprit.t͡ʃo/
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Noun[edit]

capriccio m (plural capricci)

  1. whim, fancy, caprice, quirk
  2. tantrum
    Synonym: bizza
  3. (music, painting) capriccio

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Further reading[edit]

  • capriccio in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana

References[edit]

  1. ^ “capriccio” in: Alberto Nocentini, Alessandro Parenti, “l'Etimologico — Vocabolario della lingua italiana”, Le Monnier, 2010, →ISBN