Definition of cadre noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkɑːdə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkædri//
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  1. 1[countable + singular or plural verb] a small group of people who are specially chosen and trained for a particular purpose a cadre of scientific experts
  2. 2[countable] a member of this kind of group
  3. Word Originmid 19th cent.: from French, from Italian quadro, from Latin quadrus ‘square’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cadre