cav·​al·​ry | \ˈka-vəl-rē, nonstandard ˈkal-və-rē \
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.

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Berlin in the 1870s: Young cavalry officers with time on their hands pick up pretty working girls for some fun, both sides knowing that this is not a serious relationship because class divisions make that impossible. Claire Tomalin, WSJ, "Five Best: Claire Tomalin on the Best Books About Family Trouble," 22 Nov. 2018 Camilla moved on and married cavalry officer Andrew Parker Bowles in 1973. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Camilla 'will be a great consort as queen,' says Queen Elizabeth's former press secretary," 15 Aug. 2018 She was born on the Wright-Warfield-Grimes family farm in Taylorsville, the daughter of William Earl Wright, who served in the U.S. cavalry during World War I, and Bessie Warfield Grimes Wright., "Mary Wright Zepp, retired Koppers factory worker, dies," 27 Apr. 2018 There is no cavalry, that’s not the way the country has ever been constructed. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Eyeing a 2020 run, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti explains how he (or someone else) could beat Trump," 17 Oct. 2018 The cavalry is not coming with a boatload of money to build housing. Benjamin Oreskes,, "Q&A: San Francisco Mayor-elect London Breed on what she hopes to accomplish at the helm of her hometown," 15 June 2018 In other words, even with all of the turmoil around Trump, there is no cavalry coming to rescue blue America from Republican dominance of Washington. Ronald Brownstein, CNN, "Beating Republicans in November will be harder than Democrats thought," 22 May 2018 The odd name is a reflection of the military units on display in the London parade, from foot soldiers to cavalry and even a Royal Air Force fly-past in the skies. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Everything You Need to Know About Trooping the Colour 2018," 7 June 2018 The men — nobles, cavalry and foot soldiers — are dressed in knee-length tunics. Washington Post, "France’s epic Bayeux Tapestry is headed to Britain, in a loan for the ages," 18 Jan. 2018

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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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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 \
plural cavalries

Kids Definition of cavalry

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

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