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 The Badgers would later add to their cadre of talent when Boston College transfer Daryl Watts – who won the Patty Kazmaier Trophy two years earlier as a freshman for the best player in the country – joined the program for 2019-20. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These are the 20 Wisconsin sports moments from 2019 that we'll never forget," 26 Dec. 2019 Patterson and his deep cadre of wideouts could be the best group MSU has faced this season. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Here's how Michigan State football can beat Michigan on Saturday," 15 Nov. 2019 But this would be unpopular with its own militant cadres. The Economist, "A kaleidoscope of possibilities The politics surrounding an assassination and its aftermath in Gaza," 14 Nov. 2019 Along with Griffin, USC is expected to have its full cadre of young corners available Friday. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "Christian Rector’s high ankle sprain could keep him out for USC against Colorado," 22 Oct. 2019 Tursun was sent to a mental hospital after losing consciousness during a beating and then released a second time, only to have two Chinese cadres living in her home, eating her food and following her everywhere. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "Japanese manga about a Uighur woman’s persecution in China becomes viral hit," 14 Dec. 2019 Setting her clearly apart from the older cadre of Finnish politicians, Marin is a prolific user of social media, particularly Instagram. Jari Tanner,, "Finland gets world’s youngest prime minister, a woman age 34," 10 Dec. 2019 That same year, a cadre of high-profile artists would memorably declare their allegiance to the lofty new Tidal subscription service, and the streaming wars were officially underway. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, "2013 Was the Year That... Streaming Officially Became Unignorable," 5 Dec. 2019 But as the Ford Foundation program grew, a cadre of young, idealistic lawyers began representing tenants. Anne M. Hamilton,, "Extraordinary Life: Frank Dineen was a meticulous lawyer devoted his life to helping low-income clients," 1 Dec. 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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“Cadre.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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