Definition of cadet in English:


Syllabification: ca·det
Pronunciation: /kəˈdet


  • 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.



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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.


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'.

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