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cavalier

(kăv'əlĭr`), in general, an armed horseman. In the English civil war the supporters of Charles I were called Cavaliers in contradistinction to the RoundheadsRoundheads,
derisive name for the supporters of Parliament during the English civil war. The name, which originated c.1641, referred to the short haircuts worn by some of the Puritans in contrast to the fashionable long-haired wigs worn by many of the supporters of King Charles
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, the followers of Parliament. The royalists used the designation until it was replaced by ToryTory
, English political party. The term was originally applied to outlaws in Ireland and was adopted as a derogatory name for supporters of the duke of York (later James II) at the time (c.
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cavalier

1. A raised portion of a fortress for commanding adjacent defenses or for the placement of weapons.
2. A small tower on the ridge of a double-pitched roof.

cavalier

1. a gallant or courtly gentleman, esp one acting as a lady's escort
2. Archaic a horseman, esp one who is armed

Cavalier

a supporter of Charles I during the English Civil War