cadre

noun cad·re \ ˈka-ˌdrā , ˈkä- , -drē ; especially British ˈkä-də , -dər , ˈkā- , -drə \
Updated on: 15 Apr 2018

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

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

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Origin and Etymology of cadre

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

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