cav·​al·​ry | \ ˈka-vəl-rē How to pronounce cavalry (audio) , nonstandard ˈkal-və-rē How to pronounce cavalry (audio) \
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.
Recent Examples on the Web The former Ashby Hall, named for a Confederate cavalry officer, is now Harper Allen-Lee Hall. Washington Post, "Three JMU buildings once named for Confederates now honor African Americans," 10 Feb. 2021 In a few weeks, eight bright new light fixtures will arrive like the cavalry riding over the hill. Marni Jameson | Contributing Writer,, "Want your home to feel years younger? Try updating your light fixtures. Here's how to do it," 26 Jan. 2021 Bridges, who joined the U.S. Army in 2019 as a cavalry scout, allegedly expressed support for terrorists, posted videos of himself standing in front of an ISIS flag, and told the FBI agent how to rig buildings with explosives to kill troops. Jake Dima, Washington Examiner, "US Army soldier allegedly tries to conspire with terrorists and plots to destroy 9/11 Memorial," 19 Jan. 2021 According to a criminal complaint in Manhattan federal court, Bridges joined the U.S. Army in September 2019 and was assigned as a cavalry scout in Fort Stewart. Larry Neumeister, Star Tribune, "US soldier arrested in plot to blow up NYC 9/11 Memorial," 19 Jan. 2021 The trip continues Tuesday in Oklahoma City, and the cavalry is not on the way. Jeff Mcdonald,, "San Antonio Spurs aim to finish road trip strong in Oklahoma City," 11 Jan. 2021 Our cavalry regiment surprised the Iraqi Republican Guard by coming out of an unexpected corner of the desert — despite their forces’ being prepared and awaiting our advance for weeks. John Hillen, National Review, "How to Remember Pearl Harbor Day," 7 Dec. 2020 In the 1876 gubernatorial race, Wade Hampton III—who had succeeded Jeb Stuart as a Confederate cavalry commander—reportedly won the election. Christopher Frear, Smithsonian Magazine, "Meet Joseph Rainey, the First Black Congressman," 5 Jan. 2021 Finally, the cavalry is arriving to give us some backup. Jennifer Johnson,, "‘This is going to save so many lives’: Health care workers at Advocate Lutheran General in Park Ridge receive COVID-19 vaccine," 21 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of cavalry was in 1546

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26 Feb 2021

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“Cavalry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce cavalry (audio) \
plural cavalries

Kids Definition of cavalry

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

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