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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
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." 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
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 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
Definition of cavalcade for Students
1 : a procession especially of riders or carriages
2 : a dramatic series (as of related events)
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