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(kä′drā, kä′drə)
1. A nucleus of trained personnel around which a larger organization can be built and trained: a cadre of corporals who train recruits.
a. A tightly knit group of zealots who are active in advancing the interests of a revolutionary party.
b. A member of such a group.

[French, from Italian quadro, frame, from Latin quadrum, a square; see kwetwer- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
Usage Note: Cadre was borrowed in the 1800s from French, where it had originally meant "frame" but had come to refer also to a group of commanding officers, civil servants, or managers. French speakers will recognize that the source word's final e has no accent and thus is not pronounced with an (ā) sound. The (kä′drā) pronunciation is an American invention that arose as a mistake, probably because its foreign or European origin remained vaguely in people's awareness without a clear understanding of the French source word. In this situation, when a word is thought to be a foreign borrowing, people often follow established patterns of pronunciation in borrowed words, and for cadre, Spanish padre presents a familiar model. The pronunciation of cadre ending in (ā) may also have been made more likely by the tendency of English speakers to drop accent marks when spelling French borrowings, such as protege or cliche, while retaining the final vowel sound. In any case, the pronunciation of cadre with a final (ā) predominates in the United States. In our 2016 survey, 79 percent of the Usage Panel said they pronounced the word this way, while 21 percent said they used (kä′drə). Very small minorities of 2 percent each pronounced it as (kăd′rē) or (kä′dər), but both of these pronunciations were deemed unacceptable by a large majority of the Panel.
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1. (Military) the nucleus of trained professional servicemen forming the basis for the training of new units or other military expansion
2. a basic unit or structure, esp of specialists or experts; nucleus; core
3. (Military) a group of revolutionaries or other political activists, esp when taking part in military or terrorist activities
4. a member of a cadre
[C19: from French, from Italian quadro, from Latin quadrum square]
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(ˈkæd ri, ˈkɑ dreɪ)

1. the key group of officers and enlisted personnel necessary to establish and train a new military unit.
2. any core group qualified to form, train, and lead an expanded organization or work force.
3. a member of a cadre.
4. a framework.
[1905–10; < French: frame bounds. < Italian quadro < Latin quadrum square]
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Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cadre - a small unit serving as part of or as the nucleus of a larger political movement
sleeper cell - a cell of sleepers; "an al-Qaeda sleeper cell may have used Arizona as its base"
radical cell, terrorist cell - a cell of terrorists (usually 3 to 5 members); "to insure operational security the members of adjacent terrorist cells usually don't know each other or the identity of their leadership"
political entity, political unit - a unit with political responsibilities
political movement - a group of people working together to achieve a political goal
2.cadre - a nucleus of military personnel capable of expansion
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
core, core group, nucleus - a small group of indispensable persons or things; "five periodicals make up the core of their publishing program"
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noun group, band, core, framework, corps, nucleus, hard core, key group An elite cadre of trained soldiers was standing by.
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[ˈkædrɪ] N (Mil etc) → cuadro m (Pol) (= worker, official) → delegado/a m/f
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n (Mil, fig) → Kader m
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[ˈkædrɪ] n (Pol) (group) → gruppo scelto
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"Frustration is prevailing elsewhere among the officers and staff of Federal Public Service Commission due to newly amended recruitments rules 2008.The amendments have been made in Recruitments rules 1990,"said the official, adding that all the officials of BS-11 and above of different cadres working in the commission declared eligible for the promotion to the post of Assistant Director (BS-17) and promotion quota has also been reduced from 80 per cent to 50 per cent.
This, despite the financial crisis the agency is facing; to continue its genuine press message, which is achieved by its cadres in special, and the press media in general, based on its active concepts, stemming from vocation, balance and neutrality.
"In Macedonia, there are cadres for all functions, namely "key for all locks".
Colombo, May 28 -- Almost ninety per cent of the surrendered cadres of the Liberation Tigers Tamil Eelam are uneducated.
KATHMANDU, May 8 -- While common people across the country heaved a sigh of relief when the UCPN (Maoist) called off its general strike on Friday, the agitating Maoist cadres, it seemed, were left high and dry and an unhappy lot.
Summary: Sangli (Maharashtra) [India], August 11 (ANI): The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) cadres have organized a relief camp in Sangli district, Maharashtra where unexpected aggressive floods took over several areas across the district.
The government ordered bifurcation of both cadres in 2008 with a view to improve administrative and patients' care in the province.
Summary: Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Aug 19 (ANI): A list of 50 MGR Amma Deepa Peravai cadres who wished to join the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) has been submitted to party's headquarters, said former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar here on Monday.
Douze personnes ont ete placees en detention provisoire, Jeudi, par le juge d'instruction pres le tribunal de Sidi M'Hamed, dont l' P-DG du groupe Condor et deux de ses freres ainsi que des cadres au ministere de la Sante et Mobilis.