cav·​al·​ry·​man | \ ˈka-vəl-rē-mən How to pronounce cavalryman (audio) , -ˌman \

Definition of cavalryman

: a cavalry soldier

Examples of cavalryman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unseen Arab snipers hunt World War I British cavalrymen in the desert. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019 Sarah Jane Smith, a teenage Confederate spy, had gathered intelligence that allowed Southern forces to surprise and kill two dozen Union cavalrymen in southeast Missouri. Kelly Scott Franklin, WSJ, "‘Women’s War’ Review: The Battle Seen From Both Sides," 12 Apr. 2019 The cavalryman was also known for his wartime antics. Debbie Truong, Washington Post, "The Confederate commander behind one of the greatest ‘what ifs’ of the Civil War," 7 July 2018 The statue of a cavalryman was one of 10 on display from Sept. 30 to March 4 at the Franklin Institute, along with other ancient artifacts including coins, gold pieces, jade and weapons. Austin Ramzy, New York Times, "American Is Charged With Stealing Terra-Cotta Warrior’s Thumb," 19 Feb. 2018 The terra-cotta cavalryman statue Rohana targeted was valued at $4.5 million, the FBI said. Meagan Flynn, Washington Post, "Man stole an ancient terra-cotta warrior’s thumb in Philadelphia, FBI says," 20 Feb. 2018 Perhaps more important, the Sioux and Cheyenne had not swarmed over a last knot of defenders on horseback but had dismounted into the grass to riddle the cavalrymen with arrows before moving in to finish them off. Darryl Levings, kansascity, "Crowds went wild for this ode to Custer created in Kansas City," 19 Feb. 2018 French cavalrymen on white horses charge through shifting shadows on the wall above my desk, as Lord Nelson, Fletcher Christian, and Captain Horatio Hornblower set sail across the floor. Southern Living, "Words on Paper," 29 Nov. 2011 Archers, for example, would have held crossbows, while cavalrymen would have been made with one hand holding a horse’s reins, leaving the other free to hold a spear. Jon Hurdle, New York Times, "Arming China’s Terracotta Warriors — With Your Phone," 29 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of cavalryman

1860, in the meaning defined above

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11 Nov 2019

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“Cavalryman.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of cavalryman

: a soldier who is in the cavalry

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