Definition of cavalry
1 a : 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.
Origin and Etymology of cavalry
Italian cavalleria cavalry, chivalry, from cavaliere
First Known Use: 1546
CAVALRY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cavalry for English Language Learners
: 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
CAVALRY Defined for Kids
Definition of cavalry for Students
: a unit of troops mounted on horseback or moving in motor vehicles
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