cadre

[kad-ree, kah-drey]
noun
1.
Military. the key group of officers and enlisted personnel necessary to establish and train a new military unit.
2.
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.
3.
(especially in Communist countries) a cell of trained and devoted workers.
4.
a member of a cadre; a person qualified to serve in a cadre.
5.
a framework, outline, or scheme.

Origin:
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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cadre (ˈkɑːdə)
 
n
1.  the nucleus of trained professional servicemen forming the basis for the training of new units or other military expansion
2.  a basic unit or structure, esp of specialists or experts; nucleus; core
3.  a group of revolutionaries or other political activists, esp when taking part in military or terrorist activities
4.  a member of a cadre
 
[C19: from French, from Italian quadro, from Latin quadrum square]

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Word Origin & History

cadre
1830, from Fr. cadre, lit. "a frame of a picture" (16c.), so, "a detachment forming the skeleton of a regiment" (1851), from It. quadro, from L. quadrum "a square" (see quadrille). The communist sense is from 1930.
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Cultural Dictionary
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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Computing Dictionary

CADRE definition

company
The US software engineering vendor which merged with Bachman Information Systems to form Cayenne Software in July 1996.
(1998-02-08)

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Example sentences
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.
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