- The definition of a caprice is a sudden or impulsive change.
- A groom leaving a bride while standing at the altar is an example of a caprice action.
- Snow falling in Los Angeles in the middle of the summer is an example of a caprice.
caprice definition by Webster's New World
- a sudden, impulsive change in the way one thinks or acts; freakish notion; whim
- a capricious quality or nature
- Music a capriccio
Origin: French ; from Italian capriccio, a shivering, whim ; from capo (; from Classical Latin caput, head) plush riccio, curl, frizzled, literally , hedgehog (; from Classical Latin ericius: see urchin); hence, origin, originally , head with bristling hair, horripilation; meaning influenced, influence by associated, association with Italian capriola (see capriole) and amp; capra ; from Classical Latin capra, she-goat
caprice definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. An impulsive change of mind.b. An inclination to change one's mind impulsively.c. A sudden, unpredictable action, change, or series of actions or changes: A hailstorm in July is a caprice of nature.
- Music A capriccio.
Origin: French, from Italian capriccio, from caporiccio, fright, sudden start : capo, head (from Latin caput; see kaput- in Indo-European roots) + riccio, curly (from Latin ēricius, hedgehog, from ēr).