from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A highly mobile army unit using vehicular transport, such as light armor and helicopters.
- n. Troops trained to fight on horseback.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The military arm of service that fights while riding horses.
- n. Branch of military transported by fast light vehicles, the mechanized cavalry.
- n. An individual unit of the cavalry arm of service.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That part of military force which serves on horseback.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A class of soldiers who march and fight on horseback; that part of an army, or of any military force, which consists of troops that serve on horseback, as distinguished from infantry, or foot-soldiers.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a highly mobile army unit
- n. troops trained to fight on horseback
French cavalerie, from Italian cavalleria, from cavaliere, cavalier, from Old Italian; see cavalier.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French cavalerie, in turn from Italian cavalleria. Recorded in English from the 1540s. (Wiktionary)