cadet

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noun, often attributive ca·det \kə-ˈdet\

Definition of cadet

  1. 1 a :  a younger brother or son b :  youngest son c :  a younger branch of a family or a member of it

  2. 2 :  one in training for a military or naval commission; especially :  a student in a service academy

  3. 3 slang :  pimp

cadetship

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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


First Known Use: 1610


CADET Defined for English Language Learners

cadet

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noun, often attributive ca·det \kə-ˈdet\

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

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noun ca·det \kə-ˈdet\

Definition of cadet for Students

  1. :  a student in a military school or college



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