cadet

[ kuh-det ]
/ kəˈdɛt /

noun

Origin of cadet

1600–10; < French < Gascon capdet chief, captain (referring to the younger sons of noble families); compare Old Provençal capdel headman < Latin capitellum literally, small head; see capital2

Related forms

ca·det·ship, noun

Definition for cadet (2 of 2)

Cadet

[ kuh-det ]
/ kəˈdɛt /

noun Russian History.

a member of the former Constitutional Democratic Party.

Origin of Cadet

< Russian kadét, equivalent to ka + de (the letter names of k, d, representing konstitutsiónnyĭ demokrát Constitutional Democrat) + -t from kadét (now obsolete) cadet
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British Dictionary definitions for cadet

cadet

/ (kəˈdɛt) /

noun

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

Derived Forms

cadetship, noun

Word Origin for cadet

C17: from French, from dialect (Gascon) capdet captain, ultimately from Latin caput head
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