Definition of cavalry noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkævlri//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkævlri//
(also the cavalry) [singular + singular or plural verb]
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(in the past) the part of the army that fought on horses; the part of the modern army that uses armoured vehicles The cavalry charged up the hill to engage the rebels. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from French cavallerie, from Italian cavalleria, from cavallo ‘horse’, from Latin caballus.
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