capriccio

capriccio

[kuh-pree-chee-oh; Italian kah-preet-chaw]
noun, plural capriccios, capricci [kuh-pree-chee; Italian kah-preet-chee] .
1.
Music. a composition in a free, irregular style.
2.
a caper; prank.
3.
a whim; caprice.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Italian, perhaps a shortening of caporiccio head with bristling hair

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capriccio or caprice (kəˈprɪtʃɪˌəʊ)
 
n , pl -priccios, -pricci, -prices
music a lively piece composed freely and without adhering to the rules for any specific musical form
 
[C17: from Italian: caprice]
 
caprice or caprice (kəˈprɪtʃɪˌəʊ, -ˈpriːtʃɪ)
 
n
 
[C17: from Italian: caprice]

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capriccio
1690s as a term in music, from It. capriccio "sudden start or motion," apparently from capro "goat," from L. capreolus "wild goat." Earlier it meant "prank, trick" (1660s); "caprice" (c.1600).
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