[druh-sahzh; French dre-sazh]
haute école ( def 1 ).
the art or method of training a horse in obedience and in precision of movement.

1935–40; < French, equivalent to dress(er) to dress + -age -age

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dressage (ˈdrɛsɑːʒ)
1.  the method of training a horse to perform manoeuvres in response to the rider's body signals
2.  the manoeuvres performed by a horse trained in this method
[French: preparation, from Old French dresser to prepare; see dress]

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Word Origin & History

1936, from Fr., from dresser "to train, drill." M.E. had dress (v.) in the sense of "to train or break in" a horse or other animal (c.1400), but it died out.
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Example sentences
Riders take lessons in dressage and jumping, and can also ride through the countryside.
Dressage consists of the lower levels first, second, third and fourth.
He was a master at dressage and made charity appearances at horse shows.
White is common in dressage, and is also seen in show jumping.
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