the part of a military force composed of troops that serve on horseback.
mounted soldiers collectively.
the motorized, armored units of a military force organized for maximum mobility.
horsemen, horses, etc., collectively.
noun (pl) -ries
(esp formerly) the part of an army composed of mounted troops
the armoured element of a modern army
(as modifier): a cavalry unit, a cavalry charge
1540s, from Middle French cavalerie (16c.), from Italian cavalleria “mounted militia,” from cavaliere (see cavalier (n.)). An Old English word for it was horshere.
Last-minute rescue forces; a deus ex machina: Powell likened the Somalia operation to ”the cavalry coming to the rescue”/ not the time for a President who avoided the draft to call up the cavalry/ Democrats hear hoofbeats—the cavalry’s arrival, in the nick of time
[1980s+; fr the numerous cases in cowboy movies when the US Cavalry would arrive to rescue various beleaguered persons]
a strong cotton, wool, or worsted fabric constructed in double twill, used for apparel. noun a strong woollen twill fabric used for trousers, etc
an extinct bear, Ursus spelaeus, that lived in caves in Europe during the Pleistocene Epoch. Historical Examples
a shell-like pasta with ridged surfaces. Contemporary Examples
any of several nocturnal, wingless, cricketlike long-horned grasshoppers of the family Gryllacrididae, characterized by a humpbacked appearance and inhabiting dark moist habitats, as caves, cellars, hollow trees, and the ground under logs and stones.