mo·​tor·​cade ˈmō-tər-ˌkād How to pronounce motorcade (audio)
: a procession of motor vehicles
motorcade intransitive verb

Example Sentences

the next part of the parade was a motorcade of fire engines
Recent Examples on the Web At one point during his visit on Sunday, Biden’s motorcade took him to a section of 20-foot-high fencing on the border between El Paso and Mexico. Brian Bennett, Time, 9 Jan. 2023 The motorcade arrived at Portland International Airport shortly before 4 p.m., and the president departed for Delaware. oregonlive, 15 Oct. 2022 Kennedy was shot and killed while riding in his motorcade through Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, at the age of 46. Stefan Becket, CBS News, 15 Dec. 2022 Smash cut to archival footage of Queen Elizabeth II parading through the Commonwealth as crowds of Black subjects cheer her motorcade. Kristen Baldwin And Darren Franich,, 14 Dec. 2022 His motorcade never stopped at the D.C. jail to offer support to the inmates before the insurrection. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, 19 Sep. 2022 As her motorcade wound its way into the city, a heavy rain drenched onlookers and forced the staff to cover the lectern in a plastic tarp. Stephen Castle, New York Times, 6 Sep. 2022 It has been well documented that Kennedy drove past 20,000 open windows as his presidential motorcade passed through the streets of downtown Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. Dallas News, 15 July 2022 As Bateman’s group became established, he was often seen wearing a crisp white leather jacket, traveling on Short Creek’s red dusty dirt roads in a single-file motorcade of two Bentleys sandwiched between two Range Rovers. The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1910, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of motorcade was in 1910

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“Motorcade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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mo·​tor·​cade ˈmōt-ər-ˌkād How to pronounce motorcade (audio)
: a parade of motor vehicles

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