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Curvet

[kər-VET]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Italian, late 16th century

1.

A graceful or energetic leap.

Examples of Curvet in a sentence

"Denishia loved learning how to do graceful ballet curvets."

"Stephan leaped into a curvet when he heard the good news."

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About Curvet

This word comes from Italian “corvetta,” a derivative of “corva.” That is an earlier form of “curva” meaning “a curve,” from the Latin “curvus,” meaning “bent.”

Did you Know?

“Curvet” can also be a verb, meaning “to make a graceful, energetic leap.” Horses are commonly linked to the word, and one of its definitions is specifically “(of a horse) perform a series of jumps on the hind legs.”

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