From Latin caballus, "a horseman"; by extension, "a gentleman serving as a lady's escort". Also said to mean: "an inferior horse, a nag". Italian caballeria from caballo, "horse"; French cavalerie.
The cavalcade of musical bands participated in a celebration of the New Year.
2. Someone having the spirit or bearing of a knight; a courtly gentleman: "The young cavalier dressed in the high fashion of the court and behaved very nicely towards everyone."
3. A gallant or courteous gentleman; especially, one serving as a lady's escort: "Lady Donna asked Lord Ashton to be her cavalier for the evening at the opera."
2. Carefree and nonchalant and not showing any concern: Mildred was disturbed by the waiter's cavalier response when she asked him for more butter for her toast.
3. Showing an arrogant, disdainful, domineering, supercilious, or jaunty disregard or lack of respect for something or someone: Marie's supervisor treated her with a cavalier attitude.
4. Being offhand or unceremonious: The dignified officials were confused by the speaker's cavalier manner.
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2. The more mobile part of a modern army, using armored vehicles and helicopters.
3. Combat troops mounted originally on horses but now often in motorized armored vehicles for greater mobility.
Sometimes cavalry is misspelled as calvary which refers not to horses but to the name of the mount (or hill) just outside the city walls of ancient Jerusalem where the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ took place, according to the Bible; from Latin calvaria, "skull", from Greek golgotha, translating Aramaic gulgulta, "place of the skull".
2. Now, a reference to a soldier, or soldiers, in a motorized army unit: "The two groups of cavalrymen were assigned to prepare for an attack by the enemy who were approaching the area."