WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
ca•price /kəˈpris/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. [countable] a sudden, unpredictable change.
  2. [uncountable] a tendency to change one's mind without motive.
ca•pri•cious /kəˈprɪʃəs/USA pronunciation  adj. 
ca•pri•cious•ly, adv. 
ca•pri•cious•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
ca•price  (kə prēs),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a sudden, unpredictable change, as of one's mind or the weather.
  2. a tendency to change one's mind without apparent or adequate motive;
    whimsicality;
    capriciousness:With the caprice of a despotic king, he alternated between kindness and cruelty.
  3. Music and Dancecapriccio (def. 1).
  • Italian; see capriccio
  • French
  • 1660–70
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged vagary, notion, whim, fancy.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
ca•pric•ci•o  (kə prēchē ō′;[It.]kä prētchô),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -ci•os, -ci (-chē).USA pronunciation 
  1. Music and Dancea composition in a free, irregular style.
  2. a caper;
    prank.
  3. a whim;
    caprice.
  • Italian, perh. a shortening of caporiccio head with bristling hair
  • 1595–1605


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

caprice /kəˈpriːs/ n
  1. a sudden or unpredictable change of attitude, behaviour, etc; whim
  2. a tendency to such changes
  3. another word for capriccio
Etymology: 17th Century: from French, from Italian capriccio a shiver, caprice, from capo head + riccio hedgehog, suggesting a convulsive shudder in which the hair stood on end like a hedgehog's spines; meaning also influenced by Italian capra goat, by folk etymology



capriccio /kəˈprɪtʃɪˌəʊ/, caprice n ( pl -priccios, -pricci / -ˈpriːtʃɪ/, -prices)
  1. a lively piece composed freely and without adhering to the rules for any specific musical form
Etymology: 17th Century: from Italian: caprice



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