Origin of cadet
Examples from the Web for cadetship
During his cadetship at Woolwich he was rebuked for incompetence, and told that he would never make an officer.The Development of the European Nations, 1870-1914 (5th ed.)|John Holland Rose
This would be in or about 1794, and doubtless refers to his cadetship.
And no boy who isn't in his right mind could get into the Point even if given a cadetship.Under Fire|Charles King
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.A Cadet's Honor|Upton Sinclair
From the time he donned short trousers he dreamed of a cadetship at West Point, and a commission under his own flag.Gentlemen Rovers|E. Alexander Powell
British Dictionary definitions for cadetship
Word Origin for cadet
Word Origin and History for cadetship
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.