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light horse

noun
  1. cavalry carrying light arms and equipment.
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Origin of light horse

First recorded in 1525–35
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Historical Examples of light horse

  • Which wagons the Prussian light-horse chased, but could not catch.

    History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XII. (of XXI.)

    Thomas Carlyle

  • For the captains and light-horse distinct lodgings are provided.

    Chelsea

    George Bryan

  • The light-horse were still thirty paces away from the two friends.

    Marguerite de Valois

    Alexandre Dumas

  • Then both were placed in the centre of the light-horse and took the road to the pavilion.

    Marguerite de Valois

    Alexandre Dumas

  • Ney rushed up with the lancers and Lefebvre-Desnouettes's light-horse.

    Les Misrables

    Victor Hugo


British Dictionary definitions for light horse

light horse

noun
  1. lightly armed and highly mobile cavalry
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Derived Formslight-horseman, noun
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