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
Knipe served three-and-a-half years in the Army, including 2004 in Iraq serving in the cavalry.
Gentile served two tours in Iraq, first in Tikrit in 2003 under Odierno and then in western Baghdad in 2006, commanding an armored cavalry squadron.
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Origin and Etymology of cavalry
Italian cavalleria cavalry, chivalry, from cavaliere
First Known Use: 1546
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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