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Borrowed from French cadre, from Italian quadro (framed painting, square), from Latin quadrum, from quattuor (four). The American pronunciations in /eɪ/ may be due to a mistaken assumption that this word comes from Spanish or Italian, when in fact it is strictly French (the Spanish and Italian equivalents are respectively cuadro and quadro).


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkɑː.də/, /ˈkɑː.dɹə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈkɑ.dɹeɪ/, /ˈkæd.ɹeɪ/, /ˈkɑ.dɹə/, /ˈkæd.ɹi/, /ˈkɑ.dɹi/, /ˈkɑ.dəɹ/
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cadre (plural cadres)

  1. A frame or framework.
    • 1848, Parliamentary Papers (volume 27, page 283)
      [] He took away the frame itself, as well as the notice.
      Mr. MacCulloch. I recollect Mr. Dobrée stating that his reason for taking the cadre was, that the notice was pasted, and that he could not unpaste it.
  2. (military) The framework or skeleton upon which a new regiment is to be formed; the officers of a regiment forming the staff.
    • 2002, Barry M. Stentiford, chapter 9, in The American Home Guard: the State Militia in the Twentieth Century, →ISBN, page 202:
      From the original plan, thirty-four cadre battalions, with a total of 116 companies, had actually been formed, a total of about 700 officers and another 600 key enlisted men.
  3. (chiefly in communism) The core of a managing group, or a member of such a group.
    • 1986, Robert Elsie, Dictionary of Albanian Literature[1], page 101:
      After the war, he was a party cadre and worked as a correspondent for the daily newspaper Zeri i Popullit (The People's Voice).
    • 1997, Jae Ho Chung, China's Provinces in Reform: Class, community and political culture, edited by David S.G. Goodman, Routledge, p. 146:
      Finally, the exchange, circulation and education of local cadres constitute another key strategy implemented by the provincial leadership in its efforts to diffuse economic development into the backward inland region.
    • 2006, “China airbrushes Chen”, in Financial Times[2]:
      Party cadres must guard against the temptations of power, money and sex.
  4. A small group of people specially trained for a particular purpose or profession.





From Italian quadro (framed painting, square), from Latin quadrum, from quattuor (four). Cf. Old French querre, inherited from the same source; see also carre.



cadre m (plural cadres)

  1. frame (of a door or picture)
  2. backbone (of an organization)
  3. box, square (on a printed page)
  4. (business) executive
    • 1994, Michel Houellebecq, Extension du domaine de la lutte:
      Vendredi soir, j'étais invité à une soirée chez un collègue de travail. On était une bonne trentaine, rien que des cadres moyens âgés de vint-cinq à quarante ans.
      Friday night, I was invited to a party at a work colleague's house. There were thirty or so of us there, just middle managers between the ages of twenty-five and forty.
  5. scope, framework
  6. (military) cadre
  7. context, parameters
  8. frame (of a bicycle)

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  • English: cadre
  • German: Kader
  • Russian: кадр (kadr)
  • Turkish: kadro



  1. first-person singular present indicative of cadrer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of cadrer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of cadrer
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of cadrer
  5. second-person singular imperative of cadrer

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