noun cav·al·cade \ ˌka-vəl-ˈkād , ˈka-vəl-ˌ \
Updated on: 1 Jan 2018

Definition of cavalcade

1 a : a procession (see 1procession 1) of riders or carriages
b : a procession of vehicles or ships
2 : a dramatic sequence or procession : series
  • a cavalcade of natural disasters

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Examples of cavalcade in a Sentence

  1. The cavalcade arrived at the hotel.

  2. a cavalcade of antique cars

  3. a cavalcade of natural disasters

Recent Examples of cavalcade from the Web

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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

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

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


noun cav·al·cade \ ˌka-vəl-ˈkād \

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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