- 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
Examples from the Web for cadres
On our way to work every day, the cadres stood by with a bamboo cane in their hand.
No one dared to resist even when the cadres knocked down our walls to make fertilizer… The cadres were so fearsome.
So could Putin turn inside, Stalin-like, and find imaginary Trotskyist cells among his own cadres to purge?Putin Needs an Enemy After Berezovsky’s Death
March 25, 2013
Saudi al Qaeda cadres remain in the kingdom and next door in Yemen.Revolution in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia?
January 20, 2013
So his siloviki [former KGB cadres] might choose to suppress the opposition.Russian Opposition Leader Demands New Elections
December 28, 2011
I have already mentioned the cadres of commissioned officers.
Simply because they were wanting in cadres, in method, in organizers.History of the Commune of 1871
They had cadres in the office of the Falange National Delegation.The Five Arrows
The great and small shortcomings of these cadres increased as the cadres became separated.
These lists were now broken up and cadres of regiments formed.
- 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 and History for cadres
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.
An elite or select group that forms the core of an organization and is capable of training new members.