[ kav-uh l-ree ]
/ ˈkæv əl ri /

noun, plural cav·al·ries.

  1. the part of a military force composed of troops that serve on horseback.
  2. mounted soldiers collectively.
  3. the motorized, armored units of a military force organized for maximum mobility.
horsemen, horses, etc., collectively.

Origin of cavalry

1585–95; syncopated variant of cavallery < Italian cavalleria, derivative of cavaliere cavalier

Can be confused

Calvary cavalry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cavalry


/ (ˈkævəlrɪ) /

noun plural -ries

(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

Derived Forms

cavalryman, noun

Word Origin for cavalry

C16: from French cavallerie, from Italian cavalleria, from cavaliere horseman; see cavalier
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