Origin of cavalier
historical usage of cavalier
By the end of the 16th century, cavalier had also become a term of abuse, meaning “braggart, swaggerer,” as in Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 2 (1596–99). This sense persisted till at least the English Civil War (1642–1651); the Puritan Roundheads called King Charles’s bellicose aristocratic supporters Cavaliers. By the mid-18th century, a cavalier also came to mean “an attendant upon or escort for a lady, a lady’s dancing partner.”
The adjective senses of cavalier, “offhand, careless, free and easy” arose in the second half of the 16th century; the negative adjective sense “haughty, disdainful” arose in the mid-18th century; the historical sense in reference to the Stuart Royalists arose in the mid-19th century.
OTHER WORDS FROM cavaliercav·a·lier·ism, cav·a·lier·ness, nouncav·a·lier·ly, adverbun·cav·a·lier, adjectiveun·cav·a·lier·ly, adverb
How to use cavalier in a sentence
The way that the cavalier-necromancer relationship plays out between the Eighth House, with Silas and Colum, is totally different yet again to the way that it plays out in the Sixth House with Camilla and Palamedes.
I’m just so fascinated by the power dynamics, down to very little things, like the way the cavaliers are made to sleep in a smaller cot at the foot of the necromancers’ beds.
In Washington, however, it is the Republicans who are behaving cavalierly about the defence budget.I Repeat: Where are the Defense Hawks When They're Needed?|David Frum|March 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Leaning back in his chair, a striped woolen scarf thrown cavalierly around his neck, Carr frowned.
But he clearly saw that this peppery gentleman must be treated less cavalierly, or trouble would come of it.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
"And a woman," he repeated after her musingly, and not turning it to account cavalierly, as he might have done.When Valmond Came to Pontiac, Complete|Gilbert Parker
Indeed, he treats this part of the business very cavalierly, and declares that money was no object with him.Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician|Frederick Niecks
Yet he also says that the totems were thus cavalierly treated when totemic beliefs were in vigour.The Secret of the Totem|Andrew Lang
Is it that your familiarity with Royalty has taught you to treat Cardinals thus cavalierly?'Gerald Fitzgerald|Charles James Lever