Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Word of the day: cavalcade

The word of the day is cavalcade:
  1. a procession of persons riding on horses, in horsedrawn carriages, in cars, etc.
  2. any procession.
  3. any noteworthy series, as of events or activities.
1591, via M.Fr., from It. cavalcata, from cavalcare "to ride on horseback," from V.L. *caballicare, from L. caballus (see cavalier). Literally, "a procession on horseback," in 20c. -cade came to be regarded as a suffix and taken to form motorcade (1913), etc.


"At first I had wanted to say that it was hideous, sinister even, but the pit's engineered tiers, industrialized terra-cotta complexion, and crimson water have a hard-won refinement, like western art scenes of dusty cavalcades and buffalo runs."

 - Kea Krause, "What's Left Behind", The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2016

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