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cavalry

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noun cav·al·ry \ˈka-vəl-rē, ÷ˈkal-və-rē\

Simple Definition of cavalry

  • : the part of an army that in the past had soldiers who rode horses and that now has soldiers who ride in vehicles or helicopters

Full Definition of cavalry

plural cav·al·ries

  1. 1 a :  an army component mounted on horseback b :  an army component moving in motor vehicles or helicopters and assigned to combat missions that require great mobility

  2. 2 :  horsemen <a thousand cavalry in flight>

Examples of cavalry

  1. Cavalry is used to perform reconnaissance.

  2. The cavalry were brought in to support the mission.



Origin of cavalry

Italian cavalleria cavalry, chivalry, from cavaliere


First Known Use: 1546


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