Definition of cavalry
1a : an army component mounted on horsebackb : 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 of cavalry from the Web
On Monday, dozens of re-enactors acted out a cavalry battle in the morning.
Nevertheless, Coppola creates a portrait of the repressed, isolated lives of women and girls during wartime — even if the only overt signs of battle here are faraway explosions and the occasional cavalry coming by.
Among the portraits are soldiers who would fight on both sides of the impending Civil War, from John Pelham, who fought under J.E.B. Stuart in the Confederate cavalry to Union Gen. George Henry Thomas.
Diana, for her part, had already started her affair with cavalry major James Hewitt, Junor says.
History Sale: A one-time sale of collectables with special prices for home-schoolers, thousands of items such as cookware, cavalry saddle, posters, maps and much more, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Our Lady Catholic Church, 13000 Bennington Ave.,
Fewer than 100 members of the 1st Delaware cavalry arrived on June 28, 1863, from Baltimore to guard the rail and road junction in Westminster, according to the town's website.
One week later, on the way to his inauguration, Macron cruised down the Champs Elysée standing in an open-top camouflage army jeep surrounded by cavalry, a stark departure from the civilian limousine used by most presidents.
But the outcome nonetheless fueled charges that Democratic kingmakers in Washington, for all their talk about expanding the map and implementing a 50-state strategy, are reluctant to send the cavalry outside the same old battlegrounds.
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Origin and Etymology of cavalry
Italian cavalleria cavalry, chivalry, from cavaliere
First Known Use: 1546See Words from the same year
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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