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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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  • Most of those in the crowd were war veterans, party cadres and others selected by local communist organizations.
  • cadres of ecological engineers should join civil engineers in shoring up the nation's flood defenses.
  • Mundane courses in political indoctrination are required of all and loathed by all but a few select cadres.
  • At the same time, ministry and university party cadres loosened controls over students' personal lives.
  • Some employ instructors from prior cadres of their students.
  • Out-patients, anarchists, cadres and weekend socialists.
  • But the party's grandees now know they must give weight to the views of their eager new cadres from the tea party.
  • Local cadres sitting on plastic chairs stoically endure the sodden spectacle.
  • The attorney-general's office and the police have new cadres of investigators, and an electronic information platform.
  • In power, his basic, crude advice often cut through the jargon of the other cadres.
British Dictionary definitions for cadres


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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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cadres 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.

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