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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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 Pro-Kennedy crowds reached so hungrily to touch him that the campaign had to assign a man to hold him in the car during motorcades—and on one occasion, tumultuous supporters pulled RFK out of the car, wrenching the hip of the man holding him. Alice George, Smithsonian, "On the Eve of his Death, Robert Kennedy Was a Whirlwind of Empathy and Internal Strife," 7 June 2018 As the motorcade heads east, vehicles will not be permitted to enter the accompanying eastbound ramps. Michael Katz, idahostatesman, "Plan your Sunday morning drive accordingly: A good chunk of I-84 will be closed," 6 June 2018 The motorcade carrying her body traversed George Bush Drive and Barbara Bush Drive on its way there. Anchorage Daily News, "Barbara Bush remembered for her dignity and wit at Houston funeral," 21 Apr. 2018 Such rumors intensified when an elaborate motorcade appeared on the streets of the Chinese capital shortly after the train’s arrival. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Kim Jong-un (Reportedly) Makes Surprise Visit to China," 26 Mar. 2018 After walking past the gift shop and cafeteria, some chose to sign their names in a guestbook next to a television that played video of the motorcade that had brought Graham’s casket here on Saturday. Phil Mccausland, NBC News, "Billy Graham mourners flock from across the nation, globe to pay final respects," 26 Feb. 2018 Footage from the time shows the crowd surging toward the palace gates as the presidential motorcade pulled in. Jennifer Hassan, Washington Post, "From effigies to egging: The British have a long history of dissing U.S. presidents," 11 July 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


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Kids Definition of motorcade

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

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