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 Officials did not say what symptoms prompted the cadet to be rushed to the hospital. Alejandro Serrano, SFChronicle.com, "Santa Clara County sheriff’s cadet dies after training exercise," 24 June 2020 City leaders decided to delay the start of the department's newest cadet class to make changes to curriculum related to race, mental health and de-escalation tactics. Peter Holley, Houston Chronicle, "In liberal Austin, protests unleash violence - and then an identity crisis," 6 June 2020 The Queen's husband is a former naval officer, and joined the Royal Navy as a cadet just before WWII broke out. PEOPLE.com, "Queen Elizabeth Releases Personal Statement Honoring Military — Including Her Own Family Members," 26 June 2020 The cadet’s death was first reported by San Jose Inside. Alejandro Serrano, SFChronicle.com, "Santa Clara County sheriff’s cadet dies after training exercise," 24 June 2020 In his West Point remarks Trump paid tribute to a cadet killed in an accident in June 2019. Justin Sink, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Speaks to West Point Grads About ‘Turbulent’ Times," 14 June 2020 Lane joined the police early last year as a 35-year-old cadet — much older than most rookies — and became a full-fledged officer last December. Bernard Condon, Todd Richmond, Michael R. Sisak, Anchorage Daily News, "Minneapolis officer charged with murder got medals for valor and drew previous complaints," 4 June 2020 By tradition, each graduating cadet gives the goat a dollar. Justin Sink, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Speaks to West Point Grads About ‘Turbulent’ Times," 14 June 2020 In one video, the cadet makes a joke about slavery. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, "Trump heads to West Point amid tension with top military brass and a nation whipsawed by racial tension," 13 June 2020

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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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6 Aug 2020

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“Cadet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cadet. Accessed 14 Aug. 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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