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cadre

[kad-ree, kah-drey] /ˈkæd ri, ˈkɑ dreɪ/
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
1905-1910
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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  • At the same time, ministry and university party cadres loosened controls over students' personal lives.
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  • In power, his basic, crude advice often cut through the jargon of the other cadres.
British Dictionary definitions for cadres

cadre

/ˈkɑːdə/
noun
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
Word Origin
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.

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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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