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."
Popularity Over Time
This word for a formal procession (usually on horseback, but could also be by foot or motor vehicle), has taken quite 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 like most Romance language words, it all traces 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 to describe a horseman. It makes sense then that it shares a root word with cavalcade. The Latin word “caballus” means horse.