noun, plural cav·al·ries.
- 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.
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.
A similar pattern occurred when metal swords, armor, cavalry charges and dense infantry ranks developed.
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.
To increase the efficiency of the cavalry extensive manœuvres were organised.
Infantry, cavalry and artillery crossed the creek and the ridges and formed in a solid line which nothing could resist.The Scouts of Stonewall|Joseph A. Altsheler
A regiment of infantry and a battalion of cavalry were put on guard and patrolled the streets to reduce the riotous to order.From Fort Henry to Corinth|Manning Ferguson Force
For his whole theory of cavalry tactics is based on the realisation that massive formations are now hopelessly out of date.
In this pursuit he took the lead at the head of a detachment of cavalry.
British Dictionary definitions for cavalry
noun plural -ries
Word Origin for cavalry
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.