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cavalier

cavalier kăv˝əlĭr´ [key], in general, an armed horseman. In the English civil war the supporters of Charles I were called Cavaliers in contradistinction to the Roundheads , the followers of Parliament. The royalists used the designation until it was replaced by Tory .

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