Origin of cadet
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noun Russian History.
Origin of Cadet
Examples from the Web for cadet
The Cadet turned suddenly with a surprised look, opened his hand and said ‘a piece of chalk,’ at the same time displaying it.
Once a cadet dropped a brick from a third-story barracks window that barely missed Jackson.
Over a decade, his teaching often took place in an atmosphere of what one cadet called “wanton disrespect.”
He walked over to Jackson and ordered him to report the cadet officers responsible for allowing this to happen.
Col. Byrne was the father of Eugene Byrne, the West Point cadet who died recently from injuries received in a football game.
And our cadet battalions are making themselves very much at home at Oxford and Cambridge.
You are my debtor, Cadet—I shall call you that: you shall have a chance of paying.The Trespasser, Complete|Gilbert Parker
The teacher, however, snared the cadet in a neo-judo hold that no neophyte, however skilled or strong could break.Man of Many Minds|E. Everett Evans
A few words must be said about the cadet branches of the Habsburg family.
"Not even for a second class buzzard, the lowest thing in cadet rank at the Naval Academy," replied Stonewell.An Annapolis First Classman|Lt.Com Edward L. Beach
British Dictionary definitions for cadet
Word Origin for cadet
Word Origin and History for cadet
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.