cadet

noun, often attributive
ca·​det | \ kə-ˈdet How to pronounce cadet (audio) \

Definition of cadet

1a : a younger brother or son
b : youngest son
c : a younger branch of a family or a member of it
2a : one in training for a military or naval commission especially : a student in a service academy
b : a student at a police academy : a person who is in training to become a police officer During his swearing-in speech last August, the 54-year-old head cop pointed out that he still wears the same size uniform that he wore when he was a cadet at the Police Academy 34 years ago.— Bernard C. Parks
3 : a student at a police academy : a person who is in training to become a police officer Police departments typically require cadets to pass a fitness test at the police academy, but not many require officers to stay in shape after that.— Christopher Swope
4 slang : pimp

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Other Words from cadet

cadetship \ kə-​ˈdet-​ˌship How to pronounce cadetship (audio) \ noun

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About 1,100 cadets attend the academy, and 77% of them filled out the survey in March 2018. Washington Post, "Reports of unwanted sexual contact up at Coast Guard Academy," 3 July 2019 About 1,100 cadets attend the academy, and 77% of them filled out the survey in March 2018. Jennifer Mcdermott, courant.com, "Reports of unwanted sexual contact up at Coast Guard Academy," 3 July 2019 Those cadets have apparently decided not to broach the topic with the triple black belt. Richard Fausset, New York Times, "The Citadel Fought the Admission of Women. Now a Female Cadet Will Lead the Corps.," 4 May 2018 The remaining cadet was pronounced dead at 10:58 a.m., Williams said. Abigail Abrams, Time, "West Point Cadet Killed, 21 Others Injured After Tactical Vehicle Crash During Training," 6 June 2019 The cadets were in the middle of the annual summer program for rising seniors, which generally includes training in military field exercises. Michael Gold, New York Times, "West Point Accident Kills Cadet and Injures 22 Others," 6 June 2019 Twenty cadets and two soldiers were involved in the deadly rollover accident on Thursday, officials said. David K. Li, NBC News, "Victim of West Point training accident was Christopher J. Morgan, 22, of New Jersey," 7 June 2019 Twenty cadets and two soldiers were hurt when a Light Medium Tactical Vehicle crashed around 6:45 a.m. near the Camp Natural Bridge training site in Orange County, New York, U.S. Military Academy tweeted. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "At least one dead in vehicle rollover near West Point," 6 June 2019 PSA Airlines, a regional carrier owned by American Airlines, has introduced a cadet scholarship program, offering to pay students as much as $5,000 to help cover the cost of becoming a pilot. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, "Facing a Critical Pilot Shortage, Airlines Scramble to Hire New Pilots," 8 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of cadet

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for cadet

French, from Gascon capdet chief, from Late Latin capitellum, diminutive of Latin capit-, caput head — more at head

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cadet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cadet

: a student at a military school who is preparing to be an officer
: a person who is being trained to be a police officer

cadet

noun
ca·​det | \ kə-ˈdet How to pronounce cadet (audio) \

Kids Definition of cadet

: a student in a military school or college

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