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Examples of cavalcade in a Sentence
The cavalcade arrived at the hotel.
a cavalcade of antique cars
a cavalcade of natural disasters
Recent Examples of cavalcade from the Web
Under gray skies, a cavalcade of officers on motorbikes and horseback led the funeral procession through the capital towards the Hotel des Invalides, a historic building dedicated to France's servicemen and women.
In the other — a response to a cavalcade of ads from the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC aligned with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) — the Lamb campaign clarifies the Democrat’s opposition to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
At one level, the book introduces 2- to 5-year-olds to a cavalcade of wild creatures rendered in jolly collage, each animal linked to the next by a common trait.
But as the real-world cavalcade of political news gets wilder and wilder, Saturday Night Live is being left behind by comedians like Samantha Bee and Seth Meyers.
The cavalcade of hard rockers will hit arena- and amphitheater-sized venues from late July through the start of September.
The first picnic was held in 1973 and over the years, a cavalcade of influential acts like Waylon Jennings, the Grateful Dead, Townes Van Zandt, Ernest Tubb, George Jones, and Johnny Cash played the festival stage.
MetLife joined the cavalcade of companies ending their discount program for NRA members, per a Friday tweet.
Never is the Mother of Mystics more ready for the opening Conde Cavaliers cavalcade than during a thaw, because everyone knows the trees and power lines of downtown are meant to be draped with beads, not icicles.
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The History of cavalcade
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." The combining form –cade also appears in other words describing particular kinds of processions, such as motorcade or the less common aquacade.
Origin and Etymology of cavalcade
First Known Use: 1644See Words from the same year
CAVALCADE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cavalcade for English Language Learners
: a line of riders, vehicles, etc., moving along in the same direction
: a series of related things
CAVALCADE Defined for Kids
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