• IPA: /kəˈpriːchoʊ/

capriccio (plural capriccios)

  1. A sudden and unexpected or fantastic motion; a caper (from same etymology, see below); a gambol; a prank, a trick.
  2. A fantastical thing or work; a caprice.
  3. A type of landscape painting that places particular works of architecture in an unusual setting.
    • 2005, Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty, (Bloomsbury Publishing, paperback, page 5)
      Above the drawing-room fireplace there was a painting by Guardi, a capriccio of Venice in a gilt rococo frame […]
  4. A piece of music, usually fairly free in form and of a lively character.
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