[kav-uhl-keyd, kav-uhl-keyd]
a procession of persons riding on horses, in horsedrawn carriages, in cars, etc.
any procession.
any noteworthy series, as of events or activities.

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

2. parade, retinue. Unabridged
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cavalcade (ˌkævəlˈkeɪd)
1.  a procession of people on horseback, in cars, etc
2.  any procession: a cavalcade of guests
[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 & History

1591, via M.Fr., from It. cavalcata, from cavalcare "to ride on horseback," from V.L. *caballicare, from L. 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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Example sentences
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.
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