[kav-uh-leer, kav-uh-leer]



verb (used without object)

to play the cavalier.
to be haughty or domineering.

Nearby words

  1. cavafy, constantine,
  2. cavagram,
  3. caval,
  4. cavalcade,
  5. cavalcanti,
  6. cavalier king charles spaniel,
  7. cavalier poets,
  8. cavalier servente,
  9. cavalieri,
  10. cavalieri, francesco bonaventura

Origin of cavalier

1590–1600; < Middle French: horseman, knight < Old Italian cavaliere < Old Provençal < Late Latin caballārius man on horseback, equivalent to Latin caball(us) horse (cf. capercaillie) + -ārius -ary

Related formscav·a·lier·ism, cav·a·lier·ness, nouncav·a·lier·ly, adverbun·cav·a·lier, adjectiveun·cav·a·lier·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cavalier

British Dictionary definitions for cavalier



showing haughty disregard; offhand


a gallant or courtly gentleman, esp one acting as a lady's escort
archaic a horseman, esp one who is armed
Derived Formscavalierly, adverb

Word Origin for cavalier

C16: from Italian cavaliere, from Old Provençal cavalier, from Late Latin caballārius rider, from caballus horse, of obscure origin



a supporter of Charles I during the English Civil WarCompare Roundhead
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