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cadre: Meaning and Definition of

ca•dre

Pronunciation: (kad'r?, k'dr?), [key]
? n.
  1. the key group of officers and enlisted personnel necessary to establish and train a new military unit.
  2. a group of trained or otherwise qualified personnel capable of forming, training, or leading an expanded organization, as a religious or political faction, or a skilled work force: They hoped to form a cadre of veteran party members.
  3. (esp. in Communist countries) a cell of trained and devoted workers.
  4. a member of a cadre; a person qualified to serve in a cadre.
  5. a framework, outline, or scheme.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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