- The definition of cavalier is an arrogant person or someone indifferent or casual about important matters.
An example of cavalier is someone not really caring about receiving an eviction notice.
- A cavalier is defined as a knight or a courteous gentleman.
An example of cavalier is Sir Lancelot.
- an armed horseman; knight
- a gallant or courteous gentleman, esp. one serving as a lady's escort
- a partisan of Charles I of England in his struggles with Parliament (1641-49); Royalist
Origin of cavalierFrench ; from Italian cavaliere ; from Late Latin caballarius ; from Classical Latin caballus, horse; akin to Classical Greek kaball?s; probably ; from native name in Asia Minor
- of the Cavaliers
- associated with the court of Charles I of England: Cavalier poets
- free and easy
- casual or indifferent toward matters of some importance
- haughty; arrogant; supercilious
- A gallant or chivalrous man, especially one serving as escort to a woman of high social position; a gentleman.
- A mounted soldier; a knight.
- Cavalier A supporter of Charles I of England in his struggles against Parliament. Also called Royalist.
- Showing arrogant or offhand disregard; dismissive: a cavalier attitude toward the suffering of others.
- Carefree and nonchalant; jaunty.
- Cavalier Of or relating to a group of 17th-century English poets associated with the court of Charles I.
Origin of cavalierFrench, horseman, from Old Italian cavaliere, from Late Latin caballārius, from Latin caballus, horse.
(comparative more cavalier, superlative most cavalier)
- A military man serving on horse.
- A sprightly, military man; hence, a gallant.
- One of the court party in the time of King Charles I, as contrasted with a Roundhead or an adherent of Parliament.
- A work of more than ordinary height, rising from the level ground of a bastion, etc., and overlooking surrounding parts.
- A well mannered man; a gentleman.
1589, from Middle French cavalier 'horseman', from Old Italian cavaliere (“mounted soldier, knight”), from Old Provençal cavalier, from Late Latin caballārius (“horseman”), from Latin caballus (“horse”), from Gaulish caballos 'nag', variant of cabillos (compare Welsh ceffyl, Breton kefel, Irish capall), akin to German (Swabish) Kōb 'nag' and Old Church Slavonic kobyla 'mare'.