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cavalcade

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noun cav·al·cade \ˌka-vəl-ˈkād, ˈka-vəl-ˌ\

Simple Definition of cavalcade

  • : a line of riders, vehicles, etc., moving along in the same direction

  • : a series of related things

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cavalcade

  1. 1 a :  a procession of riders or carriages b :  a procession of vehicles or ships

  2. 2 :  a dramatic sequence or procession :  series

Examples of cavalcade in a sentence

  1. The cavalcade arrived at the hotel.

  2. a cavalcade of antique cars

  3. a cavalcade of natural disasters



Did You Know?

When "cavalcade" was first used in English, it meant "a horseback ride" or "a march or raid made on horseback." Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon, used it this way in his 1647 History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England : "He had with some Troops, made a Cavalcade or two into the West." From there came the "procession of riders" meaning and eventual applications to processions in a broader sense. "Cavalcade" came to English via French from the Old Italian noun cavalcata, which in turn came from an Old Italian verb, cavalcare, meaning "to go on horseback." Ultimately, these words came from the Latin word caballus, meaning "horse."

Origin of cavalcade

French, ride on horseback, from Old Italian cavalcata, from cavalcare to go on horseback, from Late Latin caballicare, from Latin caballus horse; akin to Greek kaballeion horse, Middle Irish capall workhorse


First Known Use: 1644


CAVALCADE Defined for Kids

cavalcade

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noun cav·al·cade \ˌka-vəl-ˈkād\

Definition of cavalcade for Students

  1. 1 :  a procession especially of riders or carriages

  2. 2 :  a dramatic series (as of related events)





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