mo·​tor·​cade | \ˈmō-tər-ˌkād \

Definition of motorcade 

: a procession of motor vehicles

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Other Words from motorcade

motorcade intransitive verb

Synonyms for motorcade


armada, caravan, cavalcade, fleet, line, train

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Examples of motorcade in a Sentence

the next part of the parade was a motorcade of fire engines

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After arriving in a royal motorcade, Prince Harry strolled into the theater wearing a dark suit, whereas Markle opted for a Judith & Charles tuxedo dress and Paul Andrew heels. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Prince Harry Sings Onstage After Seeing Hamilton with Meghan Markle," 29 Aug. 2018 Dozens of protesters jeered at Pompeo’s motorcade as the delegation arrived to congratulate the leftist, populist Lopez Obrador. Susannah George,, "We can’t afford to replace empathy with apathy," 13 July 2018 There were signs of a troublesome evening even before Trump’s motorcade arrived. Philip Elliott, Time, "Republicans in Congress Search for an Immigration Bill to End Border Crisis," 20 June 2018 Several people with the group Comite Civico stood along the sidewalk, waiting for Pence’s motorcade to pass. Rebecca Plevin, USA TODAY, "Vice president looks at new border fence in California, avoids migrant asylum seekers to the west," 30 Apr. 2018 Ponce’s vehicle was part of the mayor’s motorcade and was given specific instructions on how to pick up Emanuel. Elvia Malagon,, "Why Rahm Emanuel is banned from discussing 'The Deer Hunter' with his brothers," 18 Apr. 2018 Some Orange County and Orlando roads will be closed Tuesday morning while a motorcade remembering the first anniversary of Lt. Krista Torralva,, "Traffic closures Tuesday morning make way for procession remembering fallen law enforcement," 9 Jan. 2018 Before the rally, the weekly motorcade that runs from the library to the golf course and back occurred. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "'We are the children!': Families Belong Together rallies take over USA," 30 June 2018 Ceremonies for all four have been held in the soccer stadium and followed procedures — the military honors, the flyover, the motorcade — written by Kansas City, Kan., Police Capt. Ian Cummings, Glenn E. Rice, Lauren Fox, Katie Bernard And Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity, "'Thank you just isn't good enough.' Police, friends and family bid deputies farewell," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of motorcade

1910, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of motorcade was in 1910

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English Language Learners Definition of motorcade

: a group or line of cars or other vehicles that travel together


mo·​tor·​cade | \ˈmō-tər-ˌkād \

Kids Definition of motorcade

: a line of motor vehicles traveling as a group a presidential motorcade

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