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cavalier

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noun cav·a·lier \ˌka-və-ˈlir\

Definition of cavalier

  1. 1 :  a gentleman trained in arms and horsemanship

  2. 2 :  a mounted soldier :  knight

  3. 3 capitalized :  an adherent of Charles I of England

  4. 4 :  gallant



Examples of cavalier

  1. <a novel about the dashing cavaliers and gracious ladies of the South before the Civil War>



Origin of cavalier

Middle French, from Old Italian cavaliere, from Old Occitan cavalier, from Late Latin caballarius horseman, from Latin caballus


First Known Use: 1589

Other Equestrian Terms


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cavalier

adjective cav·a·lier

Simple Definition of cavalier

  • : having or showing no concern for something that is important or serious

Full Definition of cavalier

  1. 1 :  debonair

  2. 2 :  marked by or given to offhand and often disdainful dismissal of important matters <a cavalier attitude toward money>

  3. 3 a capitalized :  of or relating to the party of Charles I of England in his struggles with the Puritans and Parliament b :  aristocratic c capitalized :  of or relating to the English Cavalier poets of the mid-17th century

ca·va·lier·ism play \-ˌi-zəm\ noun
cav·a·lier·ly adverb

Examples of cavalier

  1. They are too cavalier in their treatment of others.

  2. She has a cavalier attitude about spending money.

  3. He has a cavalier disregard for the rights of others.



Circa 1641

First Known Use of cavalier

circa 1641


CAVALIER Defined for Kids

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cavalier

play
noun cav·a·lier \ˌka-və-ˈlir\

Definition of cavalier

  1. 1 :  a mounted soldier

  2. 2 :  a brave and courteous gentleman




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cavalier

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adjective cav·a·lier

Definition of cavalier

  1. 1 :  easy and lighthearted in manner

  2. 2 :  having or showing no concern for a serious or important matter <He has a cavalier attitude about money.>





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