[ 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 confusedCalvary 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 Formscavalryman, noun

Word Origin for cavalry

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

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