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[kad-ree, kah-drey] /ˈkæd ri, ˈkɑ dreɪ/
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
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  • For instance, he cut full-time staff, capped wages and recruited a cadre of former military officers to run his stores.
  • Wisdom, long a subject for philosophers, is now being scrutinized by a cadre of scientific researchers.
  • And this is where a new cadre of informed volunteers could help.
  • That's the cadre you need to get back if you are going to move intelligence into the future.
  • But some newspapers want to develop a cadre of paying readers as a second stream of revenue beyond the advertising.
  • It is only you and your paranoid cadre that are saying that the only application of more free time is more work.
  • For nearly three years, they explained, a cadre of stockbrokers cheated.
  • The chimps would rejoin a dwindling cadre of research primates.
  • There's also a burgeoning cadre of people ready to listen.
  • These were not simply sewage treatment workers, but an elite cadre of sewage treatment workers.
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
C19: from French, from Italian quadro, from Latin quadrum square
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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
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cadre in Culture
cadre [(kad-ree, kah-dray)]

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

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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cadre in Technology

The US software engineering vendor which merged with Bachman Information Systems to form Cayenne Software in July 1996.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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