cav·al·ry / ˈkavəlrē/ •
n. (pl. -ries) [usu. treated as pl.] hist. soldiers who fought on horseback. ∎ hist. a branch of an army made up of such soldiers. ∎ modern soldiers who fight in armored vehicles.DERIVATIVES: cav·al·ry·man / -mən/ n. (pl. -men) .
Mounted troops. The ancient Egyptians first employed cavalry; the first use of cavalry in Europe
dates from the invasions of the Huns, Magyars, and Mongols
. The last prominent use of cavalry occurred in the American Civil War
, although it was used early in World War I
to disastrous effect.
Cavalry ★½ 1936
A Union Army Lieutenant is reunited with his family after the Civil War, bringing them happiness and joy. 60m/B VHS . Bob Steele, Frances Grant, Karl Hackett, Hal Price; D: Robert North Bradbury.
horses or horsemen collectively; horse soldiers collectively as contrasted with infantry, 1591.