cavalcade

\ \ [16] Originally, a cavalcade was simply a ride on horseback, often for the purpose of attack: in James I’s Counterblast to tobacco 1604, for example, we find ‘to make some sudden cavalcade upon your enemies’. By the 17th century this had developed to ‘procession on horseback’, and it was not long after that that the present-day, more general ‘procession’ emerged. The word comes via French cavalcade from Italian cavalcata, a derivative of the verb cavalcareride on horseback’. This in turn came from Vulgar Latin *caballicāre, which was based on Latin caballushorse’ (source also of English cavalier and French chevalhorse’). In the 20th century, -cade has come to be regarded as a suffix in its own right, meaning ‘procession, show’, and producing such forms as motorcade, aquacade, and even camelcade.
\ \ Cf.CAVALIER

Word origins - 2ed. . 2005.

Synonyms:
(of mounted men)


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  • cavalcade — CAVALCADE. sub. f. Marche de gens à cheval avec ordre, pompe et cérémonie. Aller en cavalcade. Quand le Pape va en cavalcade. Le Pape va en cavalcade prendre possession de l Église de Saint Jean de Latran. La cavalcade du Pape. Belle… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • cavalcade — Cavalcade. s. f. Espece de promenade de gens à cheval qui se fait avec ordre & ceremonie. La cavalcade du Pape. faire une cavalcade. aller en cavalcade …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Cavalcade — Cav al*cade , n. [F. cavalcade, fr. It. cavalcata, fr. cavalcare to go on horseback, fr. LL. caballicare, fr. L. caballus an inferior horse, Gr. ?. Cf. {Cavalier}, {Cavalry}.] A procession of persons on horseback; a formal, pompous march of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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