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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
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Shipping Corridors Driving down many interstate highways, particularly at night, comes with a familiar sight: a cavalcade of eighteen-wheelers pulling food and goods across the country.
Bainbridge Island author Wiggs weaves all this together in a heartwarming saga of loss and reunion that ends up in a positive cavalcade of happy endings.
When hunger hits, explore a cavalcade of food trucks or quench your thirst at the craft beer and wine tasting area.
That was a disappointing start for a film that cost hundreds of millions of dollars to make and market and was supposed to stir excitement for Universal's coming cavalcade of monster-movie remakes.
On Sunday, the Royals’ offense was neutralized by Indians starter Trevor Bauer, who lasted 1 2/3 innings before the rain delay, and a cavalcade of relief arms.
The plaintiffs explained it through a cavalcade of charts, S-curves and graphs meant to simplify the dense mathematical underpinning.
Thwarting the competition among races, Hitler proposed in Mein Kampf, was a cavalcade of abstractions: justice, human rights, democracy, communism, capitalism.
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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
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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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