Meaning of “cavalry” in the English Dictionary

"cavalry" in British English

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cavalrynoun [ U, + sing/pl verb ]

uk /ˈkæv.əl.ri/ us /ˈkæv.əl.ri/
cavalryman
noun [ C ] uk /ˈkæv.əl.ri.mən/ /ˈkæv.əl.ri.mæn/ us /ˈkæv.əl.ri.mən/ /ˈkæv.əl.ri.mæn/ plural -men uk /-mən/ /-men/ us

Examples from literature

  • By and by the Indians attempted to fly, but were prevented by the cavalry. 
  • The imperial cavalry charged upon their broken ranks, and the flight became universal. 
  • The scout turned to the captain of cavalry standing near. 
  • Then the cavalry of the King, with their horses at full speed, dashed from either side upon the helpless mob of countrymen. 
  • There was the line of Mexican cavalry, well out of range, and, beyond the horsemen, were the infantry. 

(Definition of “cavalry” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cavalry" in American English

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cavalrynoun [ C ]

us /ˈkæv·əl·ri/

an army group which fights from armored vehicles, helicopters (= type of aircraft), or, esp. in the past, while riding horses

(Definition of “cavalry” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)