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

Examples of cadet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Returning to campus for commencement will require graduates to self-isolate for 14 days, but Trump insisted the event poses no risk to the cadets. Anchorage Daily News, "In televised town hall, Trump pushes for economic reopening," 4 May 2020 Returning to campus for commencement will require graduates to self-isolate for 14 days, but Trump insisted the event poses no risk to the cadets. Time, "President Trump Says U.S. Can Reopen Without Risking Lives, as He Predicts Death Toll Will Rise to 90,000," 4 May 2020 Returning to campus for commencement will require graduates to self-isolate for 14 days, but Trump insisted the event poses no risk to the cadets. Darlene Superville And Jonathan Lemire, The Christian Science Monitor, "President Trump insists US economy can reopen safely," 4 May 2020 The cadets will then be separated into five groups that will eat and live separately and remain in quarantine for 14 days. Christina Capatides, CBS News, "'We can't telecommute to combat": Army defends decision to bring back 1,000 West Point cadets for graduation," 1 May 2020 Williams said of the cadets, who go on to be officers in the Army. Roxana Tiron, Bloomberg.com, "West Point Graduates to Be in ‘Safety Bubble’ Before Trump Visit," 27 Apr. 2020 Indeed, after all the West Point cadets were sent home for spring break in March, Lt. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, "Trump Speech to Bring 1,000 West Point Cadets Back to Campus," 24 Apr. 2020 Coach Troy Calhoun and the cadets deserve all the credit right now. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Way to soar, Falcons; Don’t vilify the billionaires; What about the victim of the pardoned immigrant? (12/30/19)," 30 Dec. 2019 Wonder what the culture is like for the cadet in the front? Fox News, "South Carolina Democrat facing backlash after Army, Navy personnel cleared of 'white power' hand-signal allegations," 22 Dec. 2019

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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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20 May 2020

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“Cadet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cadet. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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cadet

noun
How to pronounce cadet (audio)

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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