Etymology
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dressage (n.)

"skilled form of horseback riding performed in exhibitions and competitions," 1936, from French dressage, from dresser "to train, drill" (see dress (v.)). Middle English had dress (v.) in the sense of "to train or break in" a horse or other animal (c. 1400), but it died out.

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Definitions of dressage

dressage (n.)
maneuvers of a horse in response to body signals by the rider;
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