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

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In the judiciary, for example, the appointment of ‘cadre judges’ became pronounced after 2005. Moses Khisa, Quartz Africa, "President Museveni has twisted Uganda’s constitution to cling to power," 21 June 2019 Aside from a small cadre of journalists scribbling on pads, the reckoning of Garner’s very public death has happened in private: No cameras or audio recording were allowed in the 50-seat room, and all exhibits, documents and testimony are sealed. Wesley Lowery, Washington Post, "‘I can’t breathe.’ Five years after Eric Garner died in struggle with New York police, resolution still elusive.," 13 June 2019 Moreover, the Hong Kong protests are leaderless, which means there is no cadre of organizers who can be rounded up to break up the movement. Marc A. Thiessen, The Mercury News, "Thiessen: Trump has the upper hand in Hong Kong, not China," 16 Aug. 2019 Not to mention, presented an ideal pairing for both a summer sundress and fall's forthcoming cadre of chunky knits. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Kirsten Dunst Steps Out in Fall's Chicest Transitional Hair Accessory," 16 Aug. 2019 In fact, the only real headliners seemed to be a cadre of beach pigs that showed up repeatedly, one frustrated attendee reports. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Why are so many music festivals total disasters?," 11 June 2019 For years, the Friends operated with a board of directors and a cadre of volunteers that kept things running. Cody Boteler,, "Dave Ferraro named new executive director of Friends of Patapsco Valley State Park," 1 Aug. 2019 Spend days exploring Sneffels and the cadre of other rocky summits and lakes nearby then return to the eight-person San Juan System hut, replete with padded bunks and sleeping bags, at night. Ryan Wichelns, The Know, "The best hut trips in Colorado for summertime adventures," 18 July 2019 Guzmán organized cadres and gained followers starting with his arrival in Ayacucho, but the Shining Path did not launch an armed insurgency until 1980. Rachel Nolan, Harper's magazine, "A Jagged Scrap of History," 24 June 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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