Definition of cavalier adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

cavalier

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˌkævəˈlɪə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkævəˈlɪr//
 
[usually before noun]
 
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not caring enough about something important or about the feelings of other people The government takes a cavalier attitude to the problems of prison overcrowding. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from French, from Italian cavaliere, based on Latin caballus ‘horse’. Compare with Spanish caballero and French chevalier.

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