cavalry

  • 1Cavalry — Cav al*ry, n. [F. cavalerie, fr. It. cavalleria. See {Cavalier}, and cf. {chivalry}.] (Mil.) That part of military force which serves on horseback. [1913 Webster] Note: {Heavy cavalry} and {light cavalry} are so distinguished by the character of… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2cavalry — 1540s, from M.Fr. cavalerie (16c.), from It. cavalleria mounted militia, from cavaliere (see CAVALIER (Cf. cavalier)). An O.E. word for it was horshere …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3cavalry — [n] troops riding horses army, bowlegs*, chasseurs, cuirassiers, dragoons, horse, horse soldiers, hussars, lancers, mounted troops, Mounties, rangers, squadron, uhlans; concept 322 …

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  • 4cavalry — ► NOUN (pl. cavalries) (usu. treated as pl. ) ▪ soldiers who fight on horses or in armoured vehicles. DERIVATIVES cavalryman noun. ORIGIN Italian cavalleria, from cavallo horse …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5cavalry — [kav′əl rē] n. pl. cavalries [Fr cavalerie < It cavalleria < cavaliere: see CAVALIER] combat troops mounted originally on horses but now often riding in motorized armored vehicles cavalryman [kav′əl rēmən] n. cavalrymen [kav′əl rēmən] …

    English World dictionary

  • 6Cavalry — Cavalrymen redirects here. For the 1955 French film, see Les Hussards. French 4th Hussar at the battle of Friedland, 1807 …

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  • 7cavalry — /kav euhl ree/, n., pl. cavalries. 1. Mil. a. the part of a military force composed of troops that serve on horseback. b. mounted soldiers collectively. c. the motorized, armored units of a military force organized for maximum mobility. 2.… …

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  • 8cavalry — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. horse soldiers, horsemen, dragoons, hussars; armored or mechanized cavalry. See combatant. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. hussars, dragoons, rangers, light cavalry, heavy cavalry, air cavalry, Cossacks,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 9cavalry — [[t]kæ̱v(ə)lri[/t]] 1) N SING The cavalry is the part of an army that uses armoured vehicles for fighting. The Cavalry were exercising on Salisbury Plain. ...the US Army s 1st Cavalry Division. 2) N SING The cavalry is the group of soldiers in an …

    English dictionary

  • 10cavalry — n. 1) to commit cavalry 2) heavy; light cavalry * * * [ kæv(ə)lrɪ] light cavalry heavy to commit cavalry …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 11cavalry — cav|al|ry [ kævəlri ] noun uncount in the past, the part of an army consisting of soldiers who rode horses a. used in the names of some groups in modern armies: the Queen s Household Cavalry the cavalry HUMOROUS people who come and solve all your …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12Cavalry — A mounted man, a chevalier , a horseman. The chevalier is the root of the word chivalry . During the Middle Ages it was a commonly belief military theorem that no force on the battlefield could stand up to a charge by heavy cavalry. This belief… …

    Medieval glossary

  • 13cavalry — /ˈkævəlri / (say kavuhlree) noun (plural cavalries) 1. Military a unit, or units collectively, of an army, which in the past were mounted on horseback, and are now equipped with armoured vehicles in either an armoured or a reconnaissance role.… …

    Australian-English dictionary

  • 14cavalry — noun (plural ries) Etymology: Italian cavalleria cavalry, chivalry, from cavaliere Date: 1546 1. a. an army component mounted on horseback b. an army component moving in motor vehicles or helicopters and assigned to combat missions that require… …

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  • 15cavalry — UK [ˈkævəlrɪ] / US noun [uncountable] a) in the past, the part of an army consisting of soldiers who rode horses b) used in the names of some groups in modern armies the Queen s Household Cavalry • the cavalry …

    English dictionary

  • 16cavalry —   Pū ali kaua lio, pū ali kau lio, pū ali koa lio, kaua lio, koa kau lio.    ♦ Cavalry soldier, koa kaua lio.    ♦ Cavalry war, kaua lio …

    English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • 17cavalry — noun a) The military arm of service that fights while riding horses. b) Branch of military transported by fast light vehicles, the mechanized cavalry …

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  • 18cavalry — noun Cavalry is used before these nouns: ↑charge, ↑horse …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 19cavalry — cav|al|ry [ˈkævəlri] n [plural,U] [Date: 1500 1600; : Italian; Origin: cavalleria, from cavaliere; CAVALIER] 1.) the part of an army that fights on horses, especially in the past ▪ The Black Prince led a cavalry charge against them. 2.) the part… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20cavalry — plural noun he rode with the cavalry during the Mexican War Syn: mounted troops, cavalrymen, troopers, horse; historical dragoons, lancers, hussars …

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