- the part of a military force composed of troops that serve on horseback.
- mounted soldiers collectively.
- the motorized, armored units of a military force organized for maximum mobility.
- horsemen, horses, etc., collectively.
Origin of cavalry
Examples from the Web for cavalry
A newsagent further down on Nathan Road told The Daily Beast that he recognized a number of retired cops in the cavalry charge.Hong Kong’s Triads Attack Protestors
October 4, 2014
A similar pattern occurred when metal swords, armor, cavalry charges and dense infantry ranks developed.War! What Is It Good For? A Lot
August 13, 2014
He fought with the Soviets, then led the cavalry and B-52 bombers to rout the Taliban.
Dostum famously led Uzbek cavalry charges supported by U.S. B-52 bombers to defeat the Taliban.
They rode as far as Tours on the Loire until stopped by the French cavalry of Charles Martel.Is This Hemingway’s Pamplona or a Lot of Bull?
July 13, 2014
Here they all dismounted, except a small body, which acted as cavalry.
Tarleton advanced, with his infantry in the centre, and his cavalry on the wings.
He determined on the latter, and put his four troops of cavalry in motion.
The force of cavalry was but small, being conveyed in a single transport.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
On the left the cavalry again demonstrated the power of their arm.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
- (esp formerly) the part of an army composed of mounted troops
- the armoured element of a modern army
- (as modifier)a cavalry unit; a cavalry charge
Word Origin and History for cavalry
1540s, from Middle French cavalerie (16c.), from Italian cavalleria "mounted militia," from cavaliere (see cavalier (n.)). An Old English word for it was horshere.