Definition of cadet in English:

cadet

Syllabification: ca·det
Pronunciation: /kəˈdet
 
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noun

1A young trainee in the armed services or police force: an air force cadet
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  • They are police cadets, young kids who are going to become policemen.
  • The scheme aims to provide young midshipmen and officer cadets starting at ADFA with a home away from home.
  • Old soldiers from an array of regiments rubbed shoulders with young cadets as Bobby's coffin was carried through a guard of honour.
1.1A student in training at a military school.
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  • Four teenage army cadets at an adventure camp were rushed to hospital after it is believed drinking water was spiked.
  • The cadets undergo rigorous training in sailing, boat pulling and ship modelling.
  • The group - which includes army cadets, brownies, and members of Voluntary Action Orkney - were invited meet the Queen, who is touring the country to mark her Golden Jubilee.
2 formal or archaic A younger son or daughter.
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  • In the seventeenth century, the enforced celibacy of daughters and cadets already caused by the dowry inflation was further exacerbated by primogeniture and the triumph of the patrilineal family.
  • A cadet of the family of the Earls of Lincoln, he espoused, along with many other scions of noble houses, the royal side in the civil war.
  • The man, probably a cadet of the family, held a small estate in Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire.
2.1 [usually as modifier] A junior branch of a family: a cadet branch of the family
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  • He was born on 18 May 1872 into a famous family, a cadet branch of the Dukes of Bedford.
  • Secondly, it assumes coat armour to be hereditary in the male lines of a family, with differences to distinguish cadet branches.
  • She was born on March 6, 1903, Tokyo, the eldest daughter of the Prince who headed one of the eleven cadet branches of the Imperial Family.

Origin

early 17th century (sense 2): 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'.

Derivatives

cadetship

noun
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  • The fact that student newspapers cannot possibly compete with the resources of even the smaller independents makes the increasingly rare mentoring schemes, such as cadetships, all the more crucial.
  • Applications submitted for cadetships for this year are up 50% and there has been a similar boost in interest in the naval service recruitment campaign.
  • The pair were among 11 young people who were given the opportunity to do cadetships with Northland councils under the regional cadets programme.

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