cad·re | \ˈka-ˌdrā, ˈkä-, -drē; especially British ˈkä-də, -dər, ˈkā-, -drə \

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

Examples of cadre in a Sentence

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

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The small cadre of Gazette journalists who survived the rampage are mourning their colleagues and doing their jobs, continuing to write stories from the offices of their sister newspaper, The Baltimore Sun. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Memorial services begin for Capital Gazette victims; paper provides timeline of the horror," 1 July 2018 In some cases, the party’s local cadres and student members led the way. Yannis Palaiologos, WSJ, "The Far Left and Right Run Riot on Greek Streets," 28 May 2018 There was certainly nothing in the vague final statement that might result in potential blowback from his cadre of loyalists watching his every move from Pyongyang. Jamie Tarabay, CNN, "Kim had a great summit. And he didn't even need to give anything away," 12 June 2018 Helio Basin is a strip mall joint at Thomas Road and 40th Street with roll-up doors, high tops aplenty and little in the way of decoration save for a cadre of kegs and shipping pallets stacked with beer cans. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Helio Basin Brewing Co. brings Arizona cuisine to Phoenix brewery, but fascinating menu feels out of place," 6 June 2018 Their cadre of infield acquisitions have proven unqualified. Jon Meoli,, "Questions — and answers — on the reasons for the Orioles' dismal start," 7 May 2018 Aiding him in the task is a cadre of her closest family members, friends and trusted allies, including her mother, Cissy Houston; her ex-husband, Bobby Brown, and her brothers and former employees Gary Garland and Michael Houston. Katie Walsh, Detroit Free Press, "Review: Whitney Houston doc is raw and revealing," 5 July 2018 Nicki Minaj was whisked to her trailer by a cadre of bodyguards. Gerrick D. Kennedy,, "Perspective: Chaos ruled at this weekend's BET fest — but the fans still flocked to celebrity," 26 June 2018 The agency said a cadre of sheriff's department vehicles driving through local communities were special weapons teams assisting in the search. Brieanna J Frank, azcentral, "Manhunt underway in northern Arizona for murder suspect," 21 June 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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