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 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 And thanks to some fortunate timing, the leader of the old guard in Brees, 41, and the leader of the new cavalry in Mahomes, 25, will play on the same field for the first time. Amie Just | Staff Writer,, "Yes, the Saints almost ended up with Patrick Mahomes — but ‘everything worked out’ anyway," 19 Dec. 2020 Jan Morris spent her first 45 years as James Morris, who had been a British cavalry officer, a World War II veteran and a dashing reporter renowned for his international adventures and evocative writing. Washington Post, "Jan Morris, artful travel writer who broke many boundaries, dies at 94," 20 Nov. 2020 On Monday, he was welcomed in France on a state visit with a cavalry procession down a boulevard in Paris. Washington Post, "Trump’s Arab allies are already testing Biden," 8 Dec. 2020 The cavalry is arriving – RB Raheem Mostert, WR Deebo Samuel and CB Richard Sherman all back in the lineup during Sunday's upset of the Rams. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "7 NFL teams positioned to be playoff spoilers in 2020," 5 Dec. 2020 Today, some 50 women have earned their Ranger tabs, and there are nearly 1,000 women serving as infantry soldiers, tankers, and cavalry scouts, front-line jobs previously closed to them. Anna Mulrine Grobe, The Christian Science Monitor, "US women in combat: Will equality affect national security?," 3 Dec. 2020 Theodore Roosevelt's volunteer cavalry during the Spanish-American War, better known as the Rough Riders, charged up San Juan Hill and the Spanish defenses with their trusty Colts in hand. Matthew Moss, Popular Mechanics, "How the Colt Single Action Army Revolver Won the West," 16 Nov. 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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9 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Cavalry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 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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