(noun) A small group of influential people that often form, lead or train a larger organization; nucleus.


  1. A small group of highly trained people in an organization that direct technological development.
  2. A few people in social movement that are the primary organizers and drivers of the message.
  3. Political “movers and shakers” determined who would be nominated for local office.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: cadres
  • Also called cell.

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Works Consulted

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. 5th ed. 2011. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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How to Cite the Definition of Cadre

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “cadre.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 27, 2019 (

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

cadre. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “cadre.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 27, 2019.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“cadre.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 27 Jun. 2019. <>.