In 1783 he obtained a cadetship in a French regiment at Strassburg.
Then you think neither could stand an examination for the cadetship?
And no boy who isn't in his right mind could get into the Point even if given a cadetship.
You know well, dearest Frank, that in your service the highest in the land must pass the ordeal of cadetship.
And within the first year of Michael's cadetship one such significant event occurred.
He had few advantages of early education and training, but in 1848 he obtained a cadetship at West Point.
Good-by, Ralph, and good luck to you in getting that cadetship.
Of course that got him dead stuck on himself, and then he goes and wins a cadetship here and thinks he can run the earth.
From the time he donned short trousers he dreamed of a cadetship at West Point, and a commission under his own flag.
Early in life he cherished a desire for a cadetship at West Point; this desire was gratified in 1848.
c.1610, "younger son or brother," from French cadet "military student officer," noun use of adjective, "younger" (15c.), from Gascon capdet "captain, chief, youth of a noble family," from Late Latin capitellum, literally "little chief," hence, "inferior head of a family," diminutive of Latin caput "head" (see capitulum). "The eldest son being regarded as the first head of the family, the second son the cadet, or little head" [Kitchin].
Apparently younger sons from Gascon noble families were sent to French court to serve as officers, which gave the word its military meaning. In English, the meaning "gentleman entering the military as a profession" is from 1650s, and that of "student at a military college" is from 1775.