Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A student at a military school who is training to be an officer.
  • n. A younger son or brother.
  • n. A youngest son.
  • n. Slang A pimp.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A student at a military school who is training to be an officer.
  • n. A younger or youngest son, who would not inherit as a firstborn son would.
  • n. Junior. (See also the heraldic term cadency.)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The younger of two brothers; a younger brother or son; the youngest son.
  • n.
  • n. A gentleman who carries arms in a regiment, as a volunteer, with a view of acquiring military skill and obtaining a commission.
  • n. A young man in training for military or naval service; esp. a pupil in a military or naval school, as at West Point, Annapolis, or Woolwich.
  • n. In New Zealand, a young gentleman learning sheep farming at a station; also, any young man attached to a sheep station.
  • n. A young man who makes a business of ruining girls to put them in brothels.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The younger or youngest son.
  • n. Hence One of the younger members, or the youngest member, of any organized association or institution.
  • n. One who carried arms in a regiment as a private, but solely with a view to acquiring military skill preparatory to a commission. His service was voluntary, but he received pay, and was thus distinguished from a volunteer.
  • n. A young man in training for the rank of an officer in the army or navy, or in a military school.
  • n. An East Indian bird, Æthopyga miles, a species of fire honey-sucker, of the family Nectariniidæ.
  • n. A young man who, for the sake of the practical experience to be gained, works with the men on a sheep- or cattle-farm without pay.
  • n. A student in engineering or any of the applied sciences who, in completion of his course (or earlier), seeks practical experience by entering the service of some large establishment where the principles be has been studying are applied, and works there for little or no pay.
  • n. One who prostitutes a woman and lives on her earnings as a prostitute while cohabiting with her; also, one who seduces young women and sells them to houses of prostitution.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a military trainee (as at a military academy)

Etymologies

French, from dialectal capdet, captain, from Late Latin capitellum, diminutive of Latin caput, capit-, head; see kaput- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French cadet, from Gascon Occitan capdet, from Latin capitellum, diminutive of caput ("head"). Attested in English from 1634.[2] (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As the word "cadet" is used in A.W. 2, 14, and 48 and defined in A.W. 1 as "a cadet of the United States Military Academy", such word has no application in the United States Air Force as presently constituted insofar as the administration of military justice is concerned and will be disregarded.

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 10026

  • "Would you say a cadet talking about his faith over lunch with another cadet is inappropriate?"

    creeping theocracy

  • Would you say a cadet talking about his faith over lunch with another cadet is inappropriate?

    creeping theocracy

  • As we were assigned to live in cadet companies in alphabetical order, my closest friends were those in the bottom third of the alphabet.

    Robert C. Richardson - Autobiography

  • The cadet is also given about $65 monthly take-home pay.

    Canada's Military Colleges

  • The word cadet, having a foreign smack and an innocent native meaning, is preferred to the more accurate procurer; even prostitutes shrink from the forthright pimp, and employ a characteristic American abbreviation, P.

    Chapter 4. American and English Today. 5. Expletives and Forbidden Words

  • Mr. Hilfiger's collection was called "cadet academy," inspired by uniforms with officer's coats and pea coats, but the look was sporty, some of them shown in thin bonded leather that looked more like scuba gear.

    NYT > Home Page

  • It reported that he called another cadet - who was wearing a headscarf - a "raghead."

    The Herald | HeraldOnline.com - Front

  • Gaur, a second term cadet, was one of the 70 others participating in the practice run.

    NDTV News - Top Stories

  • Decker was a mid-term cadet meaning that he enrolled in January of 1967, hence could not have played football in 1966 for the Colts.

    MICHAEL JOHN DECKER

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