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 Eventually, the three enlist in the White Company, a cadre of bowmen and men-at-arms now led by the gallant Sir Nigel Loring. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "Arthur Conan Doyle wrote more than detective novels. Let’s not forget his more swashbuckling stories.," 15 Jan. 2020 The anti-Sanders machine has taken longer to warm up, in part because a growing cadre of heterodox conservatives prefer him to and positively contrast him to other progressives. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "Bernie Sanders Has Finally Got Republicans’ Attention," 15 Jan. 2020 While Hollywood has recognized the talent behind the film, which has earned a cadre of Indie Spirit and Gotham Award nominations, San Francisco has also taken note. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Last Black Man in San Francisco' Filmmakers — and Childhood Friends — Reflect on Making First Feature," 2 Jan. 2020 And this is particularly true for the Foreign Service, a cadre of about 13,000 professional diplomats within the department who are stationed in embassies and consulates abroad. Michael Crowley, New York Times, "How the State Dept.’s Dissenters Incited a Revolt, Then a Rallying Cry," 9 Nov. 2019 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

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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 24 January 2020.

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