Definition of cavalcade in English:


Pronunciation /ˌkav(ə)lˈkeɪd//ˈkav(ə)lkeɪd/


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

    ‘the royal cavalcade proceeded through the city’
    • ‘A falconry display, dog agility show and a cavalcade of military vehicles, chiefly from the Second World War era, drew crowds of spectators.’
    • ‘The cavalcade of bikers brought with them a special guest - Santa, who had a present for each child on the paediatric ward.’
    • ‘Luckily it was summer and the traffic was terrible in the town, so I always managed to convince Mrs Barley that cavalcades of caravans and jack-knifed juggernauts were to blame for the absent hours I spent chatting in Terri's bedroom.’
    • ‘Most of the hour is a cavalcade of stars showing up live, via remote or pre-tape, to wish King a happy seventieth.’
    • ‘Mr Celoro was buried in a silver-coloured coffin after a motorcycle cavalcade formed his funeral procession.’
    • ‘On Saturday, February 26 the colourful cavalcade of rally cars and their support vehicles will converge on the town of Portlaoise.’
    • ‘The procession included a cavalcade of 60 motorbikes and trikes ridden by friends and family of the grandfather-of-eight.’
    • ‘Workaholic Yuwarat shrugs off the need for police cavalcades and security with a certain bravado: ‘I am not afraid of dying.’’
    • ‘It required a cavalcade of tow vehicles to get the motor cars back to the scrutineering area.’
    • ‘Rather than tour London in all his pomp, he will be whisked in a motor cavalcade numbering up to 30 vehicles, along the most direct and least visible of routes.’
    • ‘Hardy travelers can join the next cavalcade on a 15-day journey carrying goods deep into the Thar Desert.’
    • ‘On a lighter note there will be a colourful fair, with stalls, minstrels, stilt walkers, jesters and jugglers and a cavalcade of colourful characters.’
    • ‘Three miles from London the cavalcade was greeted by a mass choir of 3000 scholars and clerks from the city which urged him on with a Te Deum laudamus.’
    • ‘The applause swelled as members of the Royal Family left in the seven-car cavalcade, particularly when the young Princes William and Harry passed by.’
    • ‘The Olympic flame had arrived in Britain at Heathrow Airport at 7am yesterday and was brought to Wimbledon in a cavalcade of cars.’
    • ‘The cavalcade arrived back in Newry around 5pm to the sound of music from the public houses in Monaghan Street.’
    • ‘Scottish monarchs rode through the town in glittering cavalcades, and turbulent priests rubbed shoulders with noblemen in furs.’
    • ‘Angry words erupted and the cavalcade was brought to a stop.’
    • ‘During the six days of the visit he travelled from one end of the country to the other, taking part in miles of motor cavalcades and a succession of huge public services.’
    • ‘There was little enthusiasm to stand and wave flags as a cavalcade of horse boxes bumped past.’
    procession, parade, motorcade, carcade, cortège
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Late 16th century (denoting a ride or raid on horseback): from French, from Italian cavalcata, from cavalcare ‘to ride’, based on Latin caballus ‘horse’.