cavalcade

[ kav-uhl-keyd, kav-uhl-keyd ]
/ ˌkæv əlˈkeɪd, ˈkæv əlˌkeɪd /

noun

a procession of persons riding on horses, in horsedrawn carriages, in cars, etc.
any procession.
any noteworthy series, as of events or activities.

Origin of cavalcade

1585–95; < Middle French < early Italian cavalcata horseback raid, equivalent to cavalc(are) to ride on horseback (< Late Latin caballicāre, equivalent to caball(us) horse (see cavalier) + -icā- v. suffix + -re infinitive ending) + -ata -ade1
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British Dictionary definitions for cavalcade

cavalcade

/ (ˌkævəlˈkeɪd) /

noun

a procession of people on horseback, in cars, etc
any processiona cavalcade of guests

Word Origin for cavalcade

C16: from French, from Italian cavalcata, from cavalcare to ride on horseback, from Late Latin caballicāre, from caballus horse
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Word Origin and History for cavalcade

cavalcade


n.

1590s, via Middle French cavalcade (15c.), from Italian cavalcata, from cavalcare "to ride on horseback," from Vulgar Latin *caballicare (also source of Spanish cabalgada, Portuguese cavalgata), from Latin caballus (see cavalier). Literally, "a procession on horseback;" in 20c. -cade came to be regarded as a suffix and taken to form motorcade (1913), etc.

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