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[kav-uh l-keyd, kav-uh l-keyd] /ˌkæv əlˈkeɪd, ˈkæv əlˌkeɪd/
a procession of persons riding on horses, in horsedrawn carriages, in cars, etc.
any procession.
any noteworthy series, as of events or activities.
Origin of cavalcade
early Italian
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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  • The cavalcade provoked no comments from the spectators, nor was any word uttered by the escort.

    The Short-story William Patterson Atkinson
  • The November evening had closed in when the cavalcade entered Canterbury.

    The Reign of Mary Tudor W. Llewelyn Williams.
  • Jean, Frieda and Olive ran out in the yard to meet the cavalcade.

    The Ranch Girls at Rainbow Lodge Margaret Vandercook
  • The cavalcade, for it was no less, broke into parties which were often out of sight of each other.

    The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli
  • The cavalcade was ambling along toward the branding pen, which was in the bottom of a coulie.

    Frances of the Ranges Amy Bell Marlowe
British Dictionary definitions for cavalcade


a procession of people on horseback, in cars, etc
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

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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