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Part of speech: noun

Origin: Latin, late 16th century


A formal procession of people walking, on horseback, or riding in vehicles.

Examples of Cavalcade in a sentence

"A cavalcade of horses led the Founder’s Day parade every year."

"The members of the hot rod club formed a cavalcade for a weekly Saturday drive."

About Cavalcade

This word for a formal procession (usually on horseback, but it could also be by foot or motor vehicle) has taken a journey of its own. English borrowed "cavalcade" from French, but in Italian it's "cavalcata," which comes from the verb "cavalcare," or "to ride." And as with most Romance language words, they all trace back to Latin.

Did you Know?

Have you heard of a caballero? This Spanish word means "gentleman," but it was adopted in the Southwestern United States as a word for a horseman. It makes sense then that it shares a root word with "cavalcade" — the Latin word “caballus” means "horse."

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