cav·al·ry | \ˈka-vəl-rē, nonstandard ˈkal-və-rē \
plural cavalries

Definition of cavalry 

1a : 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

2 : horsemen a thousand cavalry in flight

Examples of cavalry in a Sentence

Cavalry is used to perform reconnaissance. The cavalry were brought in to support the mission.

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The odd name is a reflection of the military units on display in the London parade, from foot soldiers to cavalry and even a Royal Air Force fly-past in the skies. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Everything You Need to Know About Trooping the Colour 2018," 7 June 2018 The men — nobles, cavalry and foot soldiers — are dressed in knee-length tunics. Washington Post, "France’s epic Bayeux Tapestry is headed to Britain, in a loan for the ages," 18 Jan. 2018 Enlisting Prince Nikolai of Denmark to wear look number one, Jones gave his audience a welcome surprise while bringing a bit of royal panache to the proceedings at Paris’s Republican Guard cavalry regiment. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "At Dior’s Menswear Show, Royalty Took Over the Runway," 23 June 2018 Joining the staff of Life in 1946, Mr. Duncan undertook a variety of assignments in the Near East and North Africa: Iranian nomads, the birth of Israel, Turkish cavalry on the Soviet border. Mark Feeney,, "David Douglas Duncan, whose images captured war-weary soldiers and Picasso at work, dies at 102," 8 June 2018 Quinn met him through his Quinn’s Corps program a few years back, and the Army cavalry specialist explained what happened to him when he was deployed in Afghanistan. Albert Breer,, "How a Soldier’s Story Helped Dan Quinn Build the Falcons," 2 July 2018 Working cavalry in the globe-spanning bar program is mixologist Liz Pierce (The Drifter), an industry vet. Joseph Hernandez,, "Just Opened: Aba bringing meat-heavy menu and lots of dips to Fulton Market," 13 June 2018 Abrams will have no lack of support from the Democratic cavalry. NBC News, "Stacey Abrams shreds the usual game plan for Southern Democrats. Will it work?," 23 May 2018 Red sand flies during the movie's cavalry battles, horses and soldiers tumbling. Dan Popkey, idahostatesman, "'I promised ... that I wouldn't give up.' Documentary shows downwinders' plight," 9 Aug. 2013

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First Known Use of cavalry

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for cavalry

Italian cavalleria cavalry, chivalry, from cavaliere

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English Language Learners Definition of cavalry

: 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


cav·al·ry | \ˈka-vəl-rē \
plural cavalries

Kids Definition of cavalry

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

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