A cavalry is a group of soldiers who fight on horses. Cavalry can also refer to any military unit that is quick and mobile.

If a general said, "Send in the cavalry!" you can be sure a group of soldiers are being called upon. The only question is whether the cavalry is the traditional sort or if the word is being used more loosely. Traditionally, a cavalry is a unit of troops on horseback. When horses were a primary means of transportation, cavalries were a common part of war. Since then, a cavalry might be any unit of soldiers that can be quickly deployed.

Definitions of cavalry
  1. noun
    troops trained to fight on horseback
    synonyms: horse, horse cavalry
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    type of:
    military personnel, soldiery, troops
    soldiers collectively
  2. noun
    a highly mobile army unit
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    a cavalry unit consisting of two or more troops and headquarters and supporting arms
    horse cavalry
    an army unit mounted on horseback
    mechanized cavalry
    an armored unit of a modern army equipped with motor vehicles
    type of:
    army unit
    a military unit that is part of an army
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