[kav-uhl-keyd, kav-uhl-keyd]


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

Synonyms for cavalcade Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for cavalcade

review, procession, promenade, train, drill, spectacle, array, march-past

Examples from the Web for cavalcade

Contemporary Examples of cavalcade

Historical Examples of cavalcade

  • Before the cavalcade entered the mouth of the cañon he had some thirty men about him.

  • He ran a short distance away from us, circling our cavalcade.

    A Woman Tenderfoot

    Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson

  • Under the archway they rode, Farnese at the head of the cavalcade.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

  • How am I a sharer in his triumphs, save as the charger that marches in the cavalcade?

  • The November evening had closed in when the cavalcade entered Canterbury.

    The Reign of Mary Tudor

    W. Llewelyn Williams.

British Dictionary definitions for cavalcade



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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper