Definition of cadre in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɑːdə/ Pronunciation: /ˈkɑːdr(ə)/
Pronunciation: /ˈkadri/


1A small group of people specially trained for a particular purpose or profession: a cadre of professional managers
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  • The institute will also have to train a cadre of dedicated rehabilitation professionals, who can work within the interdisciplinary team and help disabled people navigate the resource maze.
  • The enormity of biological resources makes a case for raising a whole cadre of highly trained professionals for inventorisation, characterisation and documentation.
  • There is an enormous challenge in training a cadre of highly qualified professionals to fuel development and address the challenges confronting the continent.
small group, body, team, corps;
core, nucleus, key group
2ˈkeɪdə A group of activists in a communist or other revolutionary organization: he was an activist in the cadre
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  • He thus appears to remain sufficiently light on his feet to duck frequent fights with his wives, his business competitors, criminal gangs and communist cadres.
  • They relate personal accounts of food aid being distributed to the communist cadre or to the military.
  • The bosses and [Communist Party] cadres have it easy, they don't have to work overtime.
2.1A member of an activist group: two young cadres were elected to the politburo
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  • Some suggest that younger generation cadres in the leadership circle would be pragmatic in orientation and make significant changes to state policies if they came to power.
  • The ex-second of the organization is already ostentatiously isolated, and the chairman of the party entered power with younger cadres from the movement.
  • Young cadres, some as young as 16, were struggling with bamboo pens to write posters for tomorrow's rally.


Mid 19th century: from French, from Italian quadro, from Latin quadrus 'square'.

Words that rhyme with cadre

ardour (US ardor), armada, Bader, carder, cicada, Dalriada, enchilada, Garda, gelada, Granada, Haggadah, Hamada, intifada, lambada, larder, Masada, Nevada, panada, piña colada, pousada, promenader, retarder, Scheherazade, Theravada, Torquemada, tostada

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