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
Recent Examples on the Web These included belly dancers, topless dancers and bottomless dancers, along with a supporting cadre of feminist and liberal intellectuals, politicians and even police. Sam Whiting,, "Margo St. James, the sex workers’ ‘Joan of Arc,’ dies at 83," 13 Jan. 2021 Many people there have some memories of the Apollo era and its afterglow, and of the cadre of brave astronauts who explored the moon. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "Mark Kelly Played the Astronaut Card," 6 Nov. 2020 This could include whether co-workers made jokes about Politburo members or had a proclivity toward consumerism, which was considered decadent and not in keeping with a true communist cadre. Frank Jordans, Star Tribune, "From Communist cadre to Coca-Cola rep: An East German story," 2 Oct. 2020 In the painting—officially titled Night Watch, Militia Company of District II under the Command of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq—a captain clad in black instructs his lieutenant to begin marching with a cadre of men. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Explore a Hyper-Resolution Rendering of Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’ Online," 14 May 2020 The wealth held by that small cadre of Americans has jumped by more than $1 trillion in the months since the pandemic began. NBC News, "Wall Street minted 56 new billionaires since the pandemic began — but many families are left behind," 30 Dec. 2020 His public criticism came one day after a White House meeting with a cadre of conservative House members. Jordan Fabian, Fortune, "Trump imperils bipartisan stimulus deal with last minute demand for bigger checks," 23 Dec. 2020 Along with a cadre of lawyers affiliated with the Trump campaign, Giuliani has held regular news conferences claiming, without evidence, various conspiracy theories and baseless allegations of mass voter fraud. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "Live politics updates: Biden unveils health team; Giuliani in the hospital after testing positive for COVID," 8 Dec. 2020 While antithetical to the popular image of the founding father, that reference has reinforced the view held by a growing cadre of historians that Hamilton did actively engage in enslaving people. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, "New Research Suggests Alexander Hamilton Was a Slave Owner," 10 Nov. 2020

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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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“Cadre.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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