[kad-ree, kah-drey]


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

1905–10; < French: frame, border, bounds, cadre (metaphorically, the cadre being the framework into which temporary personnel are fit) < Italian quadro < Latin quadrum square; see quadri- Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of cadre

Historical Examples of cadre

  • On April 1, 1913, only forty-six of the 1319 civilians on the cadre were natives of India.

  • The battalion was augmented about this time by the arrival of the cadre of the 2nd 7th Manchesters.

  • 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

    Sam Vaknin

British Dictionary definitions for cadre



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 for cadre

C19: from French, from Italian quadro, from Latin quadrum square
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

cadre in Culture


[(kad-ree, kah-dray)]

An elite or select group that forms the core of an organization and is capable of training new members.

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