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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As the story goes, Danny had a sister, Debbie (Sandra Bullock), who is also good at pulling off a job and has a whole cadre of other female friends who are too. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, "Ocean's 8 Is Good, but It's Time for New Stories, Not Just Gender-Swaps," 8 June 2018 Rock is one of a growing cadre of male makeup influencers, joining Patrick Starrr, Manny Gutierrez and Jeffree Star. Faye Brookman | Wwd,, "Bretman Rock rolls into Ulta Beauty," 6 June 2018 Instead, the program will consist of a cadre of submarine veterans, both active and reserve, and civilians skilled in foreign navy operations. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Is Taking 'Top Gun' to Sea with Submarines," 8 Nov. 2018 One of the flamboyant Brits who brought energy, chic, and edge to fashion in the 1990s and 2000s, Neilson was one of the elite cadre of muses, including Amanda Harlech, Isabella Blow, and Daphne Guinness, who fluttered around Galliano and McQueen. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Annabelle Neilson, Fashion Muse and Ladies of London Star, Is Dead at 49," 16 July 2018 Annabelle Neilson Annabelle Neilson was one of an elite cadre of women, alongside the likes of Amanda Harlech and Isabella Blow, who played muse to John Galliano and Alexander McQueen. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Remembering the Fashion Figures We Lost in 2018," 3 Dec. 2018 Woodward reveals a cadre of White House and Cabinet insiders increasingly alarmed at the dishonesty, lack of learning, and reckless decision-making of the world’s most powerful man. Jim Brunner, The Seattle Times, "Q&A with Bob Woodward: Trump’s gambling presidency is ‘a national emergency’," 27 Nov. 2018 This year’s event features both a growing cadre of local talent and some guest performers from other parts of Mexico. Sandra Dibble,, "Tijuana festival offers open-air opera performances," 10 July 2018 Equipmake is a cadre of automotive industry veterans, none more so than Foley. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Speaking of Spokes: The Design That Could Change How Electric Car Motors Are Made," 20 Nov. 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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