cad·​re | \ˈka-ˌdrā, ˈkä-, -drē; especially British ˈkä-də, -dər, ˈkā-, -drə \

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

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Many who have come here followed a path cut by an older cadre of Greeks in the 1950s, when Germany sought guest workers for mining and construction to rebuild cities after World War II. Liz Alderman, New York Times, "Greece May Be Turning a Corner. Greeks Who Fled Are Staying Put.," 5 June 2018 The small cadre of Sanford-style Trump skeptics face near-extinction. Ezra Klein, Vox, "The fall of the not-quite-Trumpers," 6 Nov. 2018 After the emergence of a cadre of nimble U.S. shale producers, that no longer seemed to work. Anatoly Kurmanaev, WSJ, "Russia, OPEC Members to Discuss Easing Oil Output Cap," 24 May 2018 Visitors still will see the creativity and work of a cadre of designers — one for the foyer, another for the master suite, another for the study, etc. — while supporting a good cause. Mark Davis, kansascity, "Some designer showhouse, Kansas City. Where's the kitchen? | The Kansas City Star," 9 May 2018 With the rest of Golden State’s cadre of All-Stars dialing up the intensity to playoff levels as promised, the Spurs stood little chance of drawing first blood in the Western Conference first round series. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Warriors find lost mojo, pummel Spurs in Game 1," 14 Apr. 2018 Xi made his anti-graft campaign a major focus of his first term, rooting out tens of thousands of cadres from the government in a bid to eliminate bribery and a culture of corruption. Ann Lee, Fortune, "Commentary: Why U.S. Businesses Should Want Xi to Be China’s President for Life," 12 Mar. 2018 The small cadre of Gazette journalists who survived the rampage are mourning their colleagues and doing their jobs, continuing to write stories from the offices of their sister newspaper, The Baltimore Sun. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Memorial services begin for Capital Gazette victims; paper provides timeline of the horror," 1 July 2018 In some cases, the party’s local cadres and student members led the way. Yannis Palaiologos, WSJ, "The Far Left and Right Run Riot on Greek Streets," 28 May 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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