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Cavalier definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

CAVALIER, n.
1. A horseman, especially an armed horseman; a knight.
2. A gay, sprightly, military man.
3. The appellation of the party of king Charles I.
4. In fortification, an elevation of earth, situated ordinarily in the gorge of a bastion, bordered with a parapet, with embrasures.
5. In the manege, one who understands horsemanship; one skilled in the art of riding.
CAVALIER, a.
1. Gay; sprightly; warlike; brave; generous.
2. Haughty; disdainful.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: given to haughty disregard of others [syn: cavalier, high-handed] n
1: a gallant or courtly gentleman [syn: cavalier, chevalier]
2: a royalist supporter of Charles I during the English Civil War [syn: Cavalier, Royalist]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Middle French, from Old Italian cavaliere, from Old Occitan cavalier, from Late Latin caballarius horseman, from Latin caballus Date: 1589 1. a gentleman trained in arms and horsemanship 2. a mounted soldier ; knight 3. capitalized an adherent of Charles I of England 4. gallant II. adjective Date: circa 1641 1. debonair 2. marked by or given to offhand and often disdainful dismissal of important matters <a cavalier attitude toward money> 3. a. capitalized of or relating to the party of Charles I of England in his struggles with the Puritans and Parliament b. aristocratic c. capitalized of or relating to the English Cavalier poets of the mid-17th century cavalierism noun cavalierly adverb

Britannica Concise

In the English Civil Wars, the name adopted by Charles I's supporters, who contemptuously called their opponents Roundheads (a reference to the short-haired apprentices who had formed part of an anti-Cavalier mob). The term (similar to the French chevalier) originally meant a rider or cavalryman. At the Restoration, the court party preserved the name Cavalier, which survived until the rise of the term Tory. See also Cavalier poet.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & adj. --n. 1 hist. (Cavalier) a supporter of Charles I in the Civil War. 2 a courtly gentleman, esp. as a lady's escort. 3 archaic a horseman. --adj. offhand, supercilious, blasé. Derivatives: cavalierly adv. Etymology: F f. It. cavaliere: see CHEVALIER

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Cavalier 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Cavalier 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. --Clarendon. 4. (Fort.) A work of more than ordinary height, rising from the level ground of a bastion, etc., and overlooking surrounding parts.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

If you describe a person or their behaviour as cavalier, you are criticizing them because you think that they do not consider other people's feelings or take account of the seriousness of a situation. The Editor takes a cavalier attitude to the concept of fact checking. ADJ [disapproval]

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. n. 1. Knight, equestrian, horseman, chevalier, horse-soldier. 2. Partisan of Charles I., royalist. 3. Beau, attendant (on a lady), partner (in a dance). II. a. Disdainful, haughty, arrogant, supercilious, scornful, insolent, curt.

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