in equestrian exhibitions, a movement in which a horse rears, then leaps forward, raising the hind legs just before the forelegs come down
Origin of curvetItalian corvetta, diminutive from corvo from Classical Latin curvus: see crown
intransitive verb-·vet′ted or -·vet′ed, -·vet′ting or -·vet′ing
to make a curvet
to cause to curvet
A light leap by a horse, in which both hind legs leave the ground just before the forelegs are set down.
verbcur·vet·ted, cur·vet·ting, cur·vets, or cur·vet·ed cur·vet·ing
- To leap in a curvet.
- To prance; frolic.
To cause to leap in a curvet.
Origin of curvetItalian corvetta from Old Italian from Old French courbette from courber to curve from Latin curvāre from curvus curved ; see sker-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present curvets, present participle curveting or curvetting, simple past and past participle curveted or curvetted)