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

: 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

plural cav·al·ries

Full Definition of CAVALRY

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
:  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

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical
CAVALRY Defined for Kids


noun cav·al·ry \ˈka-vəl-rē\
plural cav·al·ries

Definition of CAVALRY for Kids

:  a unit of troops mounted on horseback or moving in motor vehicles


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