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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claims that the problem will never be solved within the existing cadre of the state bureaucracy

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There’s definitely a difference from when the four of us were selected — Bob Behnken, Doug Hurley, Eric Boe, and myself — for the cadre in summer of 2015. Loren Grush, The Verge, "NASA veteran Sunita Williams tells us what it’s like to get ready to fly a new spacecraft," 12 Sep. 2018 She could be seen walking several at one time, or having a cadre of assistants escort them off of a plane one by one. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Helped a Distressed War Doctor by Having Him Pet Her Corgis," 27 Feb. 2019 In the last console generation, the PS3 had a more sophisticated cadre of exclusives, the Wii U had that special Nintendo touch, while the Xbox 360 had a more robust online community thanks to Xbox Live. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Fortnite cross-play on PS4 ushers in a new era of the console wars," 26 Sep. 2018 The Chinese leader has also helmed a broad anti-corruption campaign that’s swept up everyone from business leaders to top party cadres., "China Regulator Seizes Anbang, Chairman Faces Fraud Prosecution," 23 Feb. 2018 At times, the scene here can seem disparate, caught between affected grunge and unsettling flash, complete with a campy cadre of overdressed socialites. Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, "The Cool Girl’s Guide to Toronto," 27 Dec. 2018 The North’s nuclear cadre can be expected to proceed with business as usual until specific orders are issued from Pyongyang,’’ the report said. Brian Murphy,, "Satellite imagery suggests ‘rapid’ upgrades at North Korea nuclear site, monitoring group says," 27 June 2018 As the story goes, Danny had a sister, Debbie (Sandra Bullock), who is also good at pulling off a job and has a whole cadre of other female friends who are too. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, "Ocean's 8 Is Good, but It's Time for New Stories, Not Just Gender-Swaps," 8 June 2018 Rock is one of a growing cadre of male makeup influencers, joining Patrick Starrr, Manny Gutierrez and Jeffree Star. Faye Brookman | Wwd,, "Bretman Rock rolls into Ulta Beauty," 6 June 2018

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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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