cad·​re | \ ˈka-ˌdrā How to pronounce cadre (audio) , ˈkä-, -drē; especially British ˈkä-də, ˈkā-, -drə How to pronounce cadre (audio) \

Definition of cadre

1 : a nucleus or core group especially of trained personnel able to assume control and to train others broadly : a group of people having some unifying relationship a cadre of lawyers a cadre of technicians
2 : a cell of indoctrinated leaders active in promoting the interests of a revolutionary party
3 : a member of a cadre
4 : frame, framework … the current specialisms and cadres of our university curricula …— H. M. McLuhan

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Examples of cadre in a Sentence

claims that the problem will never be solved within the existing cadre of the state bureaucracy
Recent Examples on the Web Will Jones simply get the ball to Alabama’s cadre of future NFL receivers before pressure arrives? Josh Bean |, al, "The Iron Pod: Can Alabama beat Auburn, stay in playoff hunt with Mac Jones at QB?," 28 Nov. 2019 The cadre, who manages paperwork at a community-level office in southern Xinjiang, said that recently the government had ordered all papers to be burned and destroyed. Time, "U.S. Criticizes China for Abuses Revealed by Leaked Cables," 28 Nov. 2019 Helen gifted the earth with an amazing cadre of grandchildren, and great grandchildren., "Deaths in Central Florida: 11/24," 24 Nov. 2019 Since leaving the statehouse, Patrick has remained tight with a small cadre of consultants who advised him during his deliberations last year over whether to mount a campaign. Major Garrett, CBS News, "Deval Patrick announces he is running for president," 14 Nov. 2019 They were recruited from their mud-brick villages by local cadres, called bloodheads, who organised them into groups. The Economist, "The truth-teller of Henan Obituary: Shuping Wang died on September 21st," 10 Oct. 2019 Neither of the women realized it at the time, but the smuggler was in league with a cadre of Mexican federal policemen. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, "How the U.S. Asylum System Is Keeping Migrants at Risk in Mexico," 17 Sep. 2019 Together with a cadre of pollsters, the groups in July surveyed more than 8,000 members of the community, including 700 in Colorado. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "Colorado Latinos really don’t like President Donald Trump but they aren’t excited about the 2020 election yet," 29 Aug. 2019 Apple is distributing special, hacker-friendly iPhones to a cadre of security researchers. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "America Needs Paper-Based Ballots for the 2020 Election—Cyber Saturday," 10 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of cadre

1763, in the meaning defined at sense 4

History and Etymology for cadre

French, from Italian quadro, from Latin quadrum square — more at quarrel

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8 Dec 2019

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“Cadre.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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