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Meaning of CAVALIER

Pronunciation:  `kavu'leer

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a royalist supporter of Charles I during the English Civil War
  2. [n]  a gallant or courtly gentleman
  3. [adj]  given to haughty disregard of others

CAVALIER is a 8 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: chevalier, domineering, high-handed
 See Also: male aristocrat, monarchist, royalist



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cav`a*lier"\ (k[a^]v`[.a]*l[=e]r"), n. [F. cavalier,
    It. cavaliere, LL. caballarius, fr. L. caballus. See
    {Cavalcade}, and cf. {Chevalier}, {Caballine}.]
    1. A military man serving on horseback; a knight.
    2. A gay, sprightly, military man; hence, a gallant.
    3. One of the court party in the time of king Charles I. as
       contrasted with a Roundhead or an adherent of Parliament.
    4. (Fort.) A work of more than ordinary height, rising from
       the level ground of a bastion, etc., and overlooking
       surrounding parts.
  2. \Cav`a*lier"\, a.
    Gay; easy; offhand; frank.
          The plodding, persevering scupulous accuracy of the
          one, and the easy, cavalier, verbal fluency of the
          other, form a complete contrast. --Hazlitt.
    2. High-spirited. [Obs.] ``The people are naturally not
       valiant, and not much cavalier.'' --Suckling.
    3. Supercilious; haughty; disdainful; curt; brusque.
    4. Of or pertaining to the party of King Charles I. ``An old
       Cavalier family.'' --Beaconsfield.
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