- a student in a national service academy or private military school or on a training ship.
- a student in training for service as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, Air Force, or Coast Guard.Compare midshipman(def 1).
- a trainee in a business or profession.
- a younger son or brother.
- the youngest son.
- (formerly) a gentleman, usually a younger son, who entered the army to prepare for a subsequent commission.
- Also called cadet blue. a grayish to strong blue color.
- Also called cadet gray. a bluish-gray to purplish-blue color.
- Slang. a pimp.
Origin of cadet
- a member of the former Constitutional Democratic Party.
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.When West Point Football Turned Fatal
October 30, 2014
Dare you to wear your brother's coat without the crescent which should stamp you as his cadet.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Grushnitski is a cadet; he has only been a year in the service.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
The Marquess of Carabas started in life as the cadet of a noble family.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
That is the one thing they all care for—like that cadet last autumn.Father Sergius
The life of the cadet differed little from that of the schoolboy.Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume I (of II)
Charles James Lever
- a young person undergoing preliminary training, usually before full entry to the uniformed services, police, etc, esp for officer status
- a school pupil receiving elementary military training in a school corps
- (in England and in France before 1789) a gentleman, usually a younger son, who entered the army to prepare for a commission
- a younger son or brother
- cadet branch the family or family branch of a younger son
- (in New Zealand) a person learning sheep farming on a sheep station
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.