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

  • n. A nucleus of trained personnel around which a larger organization can be built and trained: a cadre of corporals who train recruits.
  • n. A tightly knit group of zealots who are active in advancing the interests of a revolutionary party.
  • n. A member of such a group.
  • n. A framework.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A frame or framework.
  • n. The framework or skeleton upon which a new regiment is to be formed; the officers of a regiment forming the staff.
  • n. The core of a managing group, or a member of such a group.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The framework or skeleton upon which a regiment is to be formed; the officers of a regiment forming the staff.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A skeleton or framework; specifically, in France, the permanently organized skeleton or framework of a regiment or corps, consisting of the commissioned and non-commissioned officers, musicians, artificers, etc., around whom the rank and file may be assembled at short notice.

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

  • n. a nucleus of military personnel capable of expansion
  • n. a small unit serving as part of or as the nucleus of a larger political movement

Etymologies

French, from Italian quadro, frame, from Latin quadrum, a square.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French cadre, from Italian quadro ("square"), from Latin quadrum, from quatuor ("four"). (Wiktionary)

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