Dressage meaning

drə-säzh', drĕ-
The guiding of a horse through a series of complex maneuvers by slight movements of the rider's hands, legs, and weight.
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Exhibition riding or horsemanship in which the horse is controlled in certain difficult steps and gaits by very slight movements of the rider.
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(uncountable) The schooling of a horse.
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(uncountable) An equestrian sport in which the horse and rider perform a test of specific movements in an arena, and are judged on the horse's obedience, acceptance of the bridle and of the rider's aids, gaits, impulsion, and the harmony between horse and rider.
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(countable) An event or competition of the sport of dressage.

I'm competing in two dressage shows and a jumping show this weekend.

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Origin of dressage

  • French preparation, training, dressage from dresser to set up, arrange, train from Old French drecier to set up, arrange dress
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Borrowing from French dressage ("training").
    From Wiktionary