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



BrE BrE//kəˈdet//
; NAmE NAmE//kəˈdet//
The police
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a young person who is training to become an officer in the police or armed forces army cadets The military academy trains up to 2 000 officer cadets each year. See related entries: The police Word Originearly 17th cent. (originally in the sense of a younger son or daughter): from French, from Gascon dialect capdet, a diminutive based on Latin caput ‘head’. The notion “little head” or “inferior head” gave rise to that of ‘younger, junior’.
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