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cadre

[ ka-drey, kah-drey ]
/ ˈkæ dreɪ, ˈkɑ dreɪ /
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noun
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 workforce: 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.
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Origin of cadre

First recorded in 1905–10; from French: “frame, border, bounds, cadre” (metaphorically, the cadre being the framework into which temporary personnel are fit), from Italian quadro, from Latin quadrum “square”; see quadri-
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British Dictionary definitions for cadre

cadre
/ (ˈkɑːdə) /

noun
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
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Cultural definitions for cadre

cadre
[ (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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