cadre

[ kad-ree, kah-drey ]
/ ˈkæd ri, 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 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.

Nearby words

  1. cadmium sulphide,
  2. cadmium yellow,
  3. cadmus,
  4. cadmus, paul,
  5. cadogan teapot,
  6. cadreman,
  7. caduceus,
  8. caducibranchiate,
  9. caducity,
  10. caducous

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-

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British Dictionary definitions for cadres

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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Word Origin and History for cadres

cadre

n.

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

Culture definitions for cadres

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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