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 Williams, who declined to specify the number of cadets affected, said screening and safety procedures will allow the ceremony to be held safely. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, "At least 16 West Point cadets test COVID-19 positive before grad speech by President Trump," 31 May 2020 Russia’s Ministry of Defense also confirmed that members of the Russian military, including cadets, pupils and civilian specialists, accounted for at least 3,000 cases. Fox News, "Russia records biggest daily rise of virus cases, 3000 are in the military," 3 May 2020 Will Pop, the former Air Force cadet, ever experience one dose of red, white and blue glory to go with all that San Antonio success? Marc Stein, New York Times, "A Year of ‘What If’ for the N.B.A.," 25 Mar. 2020 The attorney general refuted earlier reports that Alshamrani arrived at the site of the shooting with other Saudi cadets, who filmed the attack. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Barr says shooting by Saudi national at Florida naval base was "an act of terrorism"," 13 Jan. 2020 He was inspired by the cadets, West Point graduates and Army top brass who were on hand to tell them about their experiences at the academy and to encourage him to apply to several colleges. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "West Point leadership workshop gives glimpse into academy life, changing military," 6 Sep. 2019 Perot graduated from Annapolis, 454th out of 925 cadets, in 1953. Scott Martelle,, "Ross Perot dead: Texas billionaire and former presidential candidate succumbs to leukemia at 89," 9 July 2019 The drivers, two smooth-faced cadets in their early twenties, were in a playful mood and spent the trip blasting Turkish techno music, running the siren at pretty women, and using the loudspeaker to make random announcements to the countryside. Matthew Wolfe, Harper's magazine, "Without a Trace," 10 Feb. 2019 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

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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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3 Jun 2020

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“Cadet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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


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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