- 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
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of cavalry
Tarleton advanced, with his infantry in the centre, and his cavalry on the wings.
Here they all dismounted, except a small body, which acted as cavalry.
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 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.