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Definition of Cadre

(noun) A small group of influential people that lead a larger organization; nucleus.

Examples of Cadre

Cadre Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: ca·dre

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /kA-dray/
  • British English – /kAHd-ruh/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈkædri/
  • British English – /ˈkɑːdə/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: cadres
  • Often a cadre formed the initial organization and trains others reproducing their worldview.
  • Also called cell.

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Works Consulted

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

Farlex. (N.d.) TheFreeDictionary.com: Dictionary, Encyclopedia and Thesaurus. Farlex. (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/).

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Cite the Definition of Cadre

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “cadre.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 23, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/cadre/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

cadre. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/cadre/

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “cadre.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 23, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/cadre/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“cadre.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 23 Jun. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/cadre/>.