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cavalcade

[kav-uh l-keyd, kav-uh l-keyd] /ˌkæv əlˈkeɪd, ˈkæv əlˌkeɪd/
noun
1.
a procession of persons riding on horses, in horsedrawn carriages, in cars, etc.
2.
any procession.
3.
any noteworthy series, as of events or activities.
Origin
early Italian
1585-1595
1585-95; < Middle French < early Italian cavalcata horseback raid, equivalent to cavalc(are) to ride on horseback (< Late Latin caballicāre, equivalent to caball(us) horse (see cavalier) + -icā- v. suffix + -re infinitive ending) + -ata -ade1
Synonyms
2. parade, retinue.
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  • The relatively brief cavalcade begins in an antic humor.
  • The cavalcade of color on the runways here is continuing as the fall and winter fashion openings pick up momentum.
  • The cavalcade provoked no comments from the spectators, nor was any word uttered by the escort.
  • Cue: lighting, thunder and a cavalcade of libertine equestrians.
  • When you stop by the roadside to stretch your legs the cavalcade pulls up a hundred yards or so away.
British Dictionary definitions for cavalcade

cavalcade

/ˌkævəlˈkeɪd/
noun
1.
a procession of people on horseback, in cars, etc
2.
any procession: a cavalcade of guests
Word Origin
C16: from French, from Italian cavalcata, from cavalcare to ride on horseback, from Late Latin caballicāre, from caballus horse
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Word Origin and History for cavalcade
n.

1590s, via Middle French cavalcade (15c.), from Italian cavalcata, from cavalcare "to ride on horseback," from Vulgar Latin *caballicare (also source of Spanish cabalgada, Portuguese cavalgata), from Latin caballus (see cavalier). Literally, "a procession on horseback;" in 20c. -cade came to be regarded as a suffix and taken to form motorcade (1913), etc.

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