cavalry

noun cav·al·ry \ ˈka-vəl-rē , nonstandard ˈkal-və-rē \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of cavalry

plural cavalries
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

  1. Cavalry is used to perform reconnaissance.

  2. The cavalry were brought in to support the mission.

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Origin and Etymology of cavalry

Italian cavalleria cavalry, chivalry, from cavaliere


CAVALRY Defined for English Language Learners

cavalry

noun

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

cavalry

noun cav·al·ry \ ˈka-vəl-rē \

Definition of cavalry for Students

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

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