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- A sudden and unexpected or fantastic motion; a caper (from same etymology, see below); a gambol; a prank, a trick.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:prank
- A fantastical thing or work.
- 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.
- (painting) A type of landscape painting that places particular works of architecture in an unusual setting.
- (music) A piece of music, usually fairly free in form and of a lively character.
piece of music
- John A. Simpson and Edward S. C. Weiner, editors (1989) , “capriccio”, in The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition, Oxford: Clarendon Press, →ISBN.
- Hyphenation: cap‧ri‧ccio
capriccio (plural capriccios)
capriccio m (plural capricci)
- → English: capriccio
- → French: caprice
- → Spanish: capricho
- capriccio in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana