- Military. the key group of officers and enlisted personnel necessary to establish and train a new military unit.
- a group of trained or otherwise qualified personnel capable of forming, training, or leading an expanded organization, as a religious or political faction, or a skilled work force: They hoped to form a cadre of veteran party members.
- (especially in Communist countries) a cell of trained and devoted workers.
- a member of a cadre; a person qualified to serve in a cadre.
- a framework, outline, or scheme.
Origin of cadre
Examples from the Web for cadre
In the U.S. view a small group—or cadre—of fierce red ants have taken power and are opposing the black-ant majority.Whit Stillman on the 20th Anniversary of ‘Barcelona’, His New Amazon Series, and the Myth of the Ugly Expat
August 10, 2014
He can possibly wield control from inside through a cadre of loyal lieutenants in the field.Will El Chapo Rule From Prison?
John P. Sullivan
February 24, 2014
Along with a cadre of other young, outspoken LGBT-rights activists in Yaoundé and Douala, Lembembe was impatient for change.Processing the Murder of Eric Ohena Lembembe
July 17, 2013
Where we landed was a mix of humor, celebrity, really talented video bloggers, and a cadre of digital partnerships.Matt Damon and Gary White on the Road From TED to World Water Day
Matt Damon, Gary White
March 22, 2013
For the sake of this post, let's call this cadre the Republican base.No, I'm Pretty Sure Mitt Romney 'Gets It'
March 4, 2013
On April 1, 1913, only forty-six of the 1319 civilians on the cadre were natives of India.The Political Future of India
The battalion was augmented about this time by the arrival of the cadre of the 2nd 7th Manchesters.The Seventh Manchesters
S. J. Wilson
What is the strength of the army required to protect the country from internal violence, and for a cadre of a full army?A. D. 2000
Alvarado M. Fuller
This force, which formed the cadre of the present army, had French teachers and adopted from the latter the French uniform.
They lack the cadre of educated people needed in order to truly engage the IMF in constructive discourse.After the Rain
- the nucleus of trained professional servicemen forming the basis for the training of new units or other military expansion
- a basic unit or structure, esp of specialists or experts; nucleus; core
- a group of revolutionaries or other political activists, esp when taking part in military or terrorist activities
- a member of a cadre
Word Origin and History for cadre
1830, from French cadre, literally "a frame of a picture" (16c.), so, "a detachment forming the skeleton of a regiment" (1851), from Italian quadro, from Latin quadrum "a square" (see quadrille). The communist sense is from 1930.
An elite or select group that forms the core of an organization and is capable of training new members.