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cavalry (n.)

"soldiers who march and fight on horseback," 1590s, from French cavalerie (16c.), from Italian cavalleria "mounted militia," from cavaliere "mounted soldier" (see cavalier (n.)). An Old English word for it was horshere.

updated on December 07, 2020

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Definitions of cavalry from WordNet

cavalry (n.)
troops trained to fight on horseback;
Synonyms: horse cavalry / horse
cavalry (n.)
a highly mobile army unit;
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