cadet

noun, often attributive ca·det \ kə-ˈdet \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of cadet

1 a : a younger brother or son
b : youngest son
c : a younger branch of a family or a member of it
2 : one in training for a military or naval commission; especially : a student in a service academy
3 slang : pimp

cadetship

play \-ˌship\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of cadet

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

cadet Synonyms

Synonyms
pimp [slang], fancy man, pander, procurer
Related Words
mack daddy [slang]; white slaver

CADET Defined for English Language Learners

cadet

noun

Definition of cadet for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

cadet

noun ca·det \ kə-ˈdet \

Definition of cadet for Students

: a student in a military school or college


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