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cavalry

Syllabification: cav·al·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈkavəlrē
 
/

Definition of cavalry in English:

noun (plural cavalries)

[usually treated as plural]
1(In the past) soldiers who fought on horseback.
Example sentences
  • His army's main power was based on his cavalry - horse borne soldiers.
  • William's plan was to use the archers first to send their arrows into the English ranks, followed by the infantry in hand-to-hand combat and to finally advance with the cavalry who had the height and power of being on horseback.
  • In previous wars, horsed cavalry had performed such a role, but cavalry were generally of little use in the trenches of the Western Front.
Synonyms
mounted troops, cavalrymen, troopers, horse
historical dragoons, lancers, hussars
1.1Modern soldiers who fight in armored vehicles.
Example sentences
  • How much force structure (in armored cavalry squadrons and regiments) do we have dedicated to reconnaissance and surveillance?
  • Several armored cavalry regiments (brigade equivalents) could be kept as independent units.
  • A regimental cavalry troop has two tank platoons, two scout platoons, and a heavy mortar section.

Origin

mid 16th century: from French cavallerie, from Italian cavalleria, from cavallo 'horse', from Latin caballus.

Derivatives

cavalryman

1
noun (plural cavalrymen)
Example sentences
  • Every ten farmsteads were supposed to provide for a fully equipped soldier, including a horse if he was a cavalryman or dragoon.
  • In a commander's conference in 1957, he noted that some believed the airmen to be as wedded to the airplane as the cavalrymen was to the horse.
  • Along the route, military detachments, including cavalrymen from the Queen's Life Guards, will give royal salutes and there will be a guard of honour in Parliament Square.

Words that rhyme with cavalry

angry • chapelry • lamprey

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