Definition of caprice noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kəˈpriːs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈpriːs//
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  1. 1[countable] a sudden change in attitude or behaviour for no obvious reason synonym whim
  2. 2[uncountable] the tendency to change your mind suddenly or behave unexpectedly
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from French, from Italian capriccio, literally ‘head with the hair standing on end’, hence ‘horror’, later ‘a sudden start’ (influenced by capra ‘goat’, associated with frisky movement), from capo ‘head’ + riccio ‘hedgehog’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: caprice