noun cad·re \ˈka-ˌdrā, ˈkä-, -drē; especially British ˈkä-də(r), ˈkā-, -drə\

Definition of CADRE

:  a nucleus or core group especially of trained personnel able to assume control and to train others; broadly :  a group of people having some unifying relationship <a cadre of lawyers>
:  a cell of indoctrinated leaders active in promoting the interests of a revolutionary party
:  a member of a cadre

Examples of CADRE

  1. <claims that the problem will never be solved within the existing cadre of the state bureaucracy>

Origin of CADRE

French, from Italian quadro, from Latin quadrum square — more at quarrel
First Known Use: 1830


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