What does Cavalry mean?

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ˈkæv əl ricav·al·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cavalry, horse cavalry, horsenoun

    troops trained to fight on horseback

    "500 horse led the attack"

  2. cavalrynoun

    a highly mobile army unit


  1. cavalrynoun

    The military arm of service that fights while riding horses.

  2. cavalrynoun

    Branch of military transported by fast light vehicles, the mechanized cavalry.

  3. cavalrynoun

    An individual unit of the cavalry arm of service.

  4. Etymology: From cavalerie, in turn from cavalleria. Recorded in English from the 1540s.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Cavalrynoun

    Horse troops; bodies of men furnished with horses for war.

    Etymology: cavalerie, Fr.

    If a state run most to gentlemen, and the husbandmen and plowmen be but as their workfolks, you may have a good cavalry, but never good stable bands of foot. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    Their cavalry, in the battle of Blenheim, could not sustain the shock of the British horse. Joseph Addison, on the State of the War.


  1. cavalry

    Cavalry refers to soldiers or military units who fight on horseback or in modern times, with tanks or helicopters. They are typically known for their mobility, speed, and their ability to execute flanking maneuvers or surprise attacks. The importance of cavalry has varied immensely over different periods and depending on the style of warfare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cavalrynoun

    that part of military force which serves on horseback

  2. Etymology: [F. cavalerie, fr. It. cavalleria. See Cavalier, and cf. chivalry.]


  1. Cavalry

    Cavalry or horsemen were soldiers or warriors who fought mounted on horseback. Cavalry were historically the third oldest and the most mobile of the combat arms. A soldier in the cavalry is known by a number of designations such as cavalryman, horseman or trooper. The designation of cavalry was not usually given to any military force that used other animals, such as camels or mules. Infantry who moved on horseback, but dismounted to fight on foot, were known in the 17th and early 18th centuries as dragoons, a class of mounted infantry which later evolved into cavalry proper while retaining their historic title. From earliest times cavalry had the advantage of improved mobility, making it an instrument which multiplied the fighting value of even the smallest forces, allowing them to outflank and avoid, to surprise and overpower, to retreat and escape according to the requirements of the moment. A man fighting from horseback also had the advantages of greater height, speed, and inertial mass over an opponent on foot. Another element of horse mounted warfare is the psychological impact a mounted soldier can inflict on an opponent.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cavalry

    kav′al-ri, n. horse-soldiers: a troop of horse or horsemen. [Fr. cavallerie—It. cavalleria—L. caballarius, horseman.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    That arm of the military service that engages in the real hoss-tilities.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. cavalry

    That body of soldiers which serves and fights on horseback.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. cavalry

    That part of a military force which consists of troops that serve on horseback. In European armies cavalry are generally classed as heavy, medium, and light,—cuirassiers and dragoons, lancers, hussars, etc. In the U. S. service all mounted soldiers are simply called cavalry.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cavalry in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cavalry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Cavalry in a Sentence

  1. Chris Morris:

    And what do the Theban hoplites see in this extended rending of the sky, this white-bright glory of Enlil's lightning? The future, but not theirs: paired cavalry fighters; formed ranks of armored death; grim men on their tall horses with lightning limning weapons tailored to the task; men spoiling for a fight if the gods allowed -- the Sacred Band of Stepsons, out from shadows and the dark.

  2. Honore de Balzac:

    This coffee plunges into the stomach...the mind is aroused, and ideas pour forth like the battalions of the Grand Army on the field of battle.... Memories charge at full gallop...the light cavalry of comparisons deploys itself magnificently; the artillery of logic hurry in with their train of ammunition; flashes of wit pop up like sharp-shooters.

  3. Army Sgt. Corrin Campbell:

    I think it kind of blows their mind a little bit that I'm a combat veteran of the 1st Cavalry Division and now they are seeing me on stage at their school, they are surprised that I have a job that makes me look like a normal person, (yet) associated with something that makes them think I'm not normal.

  4. John McDermott:

    Heartbroken. I mean, they are the cavalry.

  5. Mindy Patterson:

    The Cavalry Group maintains that Keith Wilson is innocent of all charges and that Keith Wilson will be cleared when Keith Wilson has Keith Wilson day in court.

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