Definition of cadet in English:

cadet

noun

  • 1A young trainee in the armed services or police force.

    ‘an air force cadet’
    • ‘The scheme aims to provide young midshipmen and officer cadets starting at ADFA with a home away from home.’
    • ‘They are police cadets, young kids who are going to become policemen.’
    • ‘The committee hopes representatives from the army cadets, sea cadets and air cadets will join the parade.’
    • ‘One is a police cadet sent on an undercover mission so deep that only two people in the Hong Kong police force know that he isn't a disgraced cop who has joined the Triads.’
    • ‘Approximately 200 West Point cadets will march down the Champs Elysees in Paris on July 14 as part of France's Bastille Day parade.’
    • ‘By comparison, military cadets are 1.7 times more socially active.’
    • ‘He was one of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst cadets on their regular overseas exercise.’
    • ‘Broome schools, naval cadets, police rangers and other community groups paid tribute at the service by laying a wreath.’
    • ‘It very clearly displays the genius of a veteran professor obviously skilled in making the inscrutable scrutable to generations of Air Force Academy cadets.’
    • ‘In autumn sunshine, Royal British Legion stalwarts and young uniformed cadets stood shoulder to shoulder.’
    • ‘Having attacked naval cadets, students, young children and now innocent senior citizens, the music business appears not to fear the consequences of its litigation.’
    • ‘It would be reasonable to expect that the career track to senior executive service would be similar to that of the general officer for military cadets.’
    • ‘The young cadets will get to learn more about the different police departments from Crime Scene Investigation and Community Safety to the Support Unit and Armed Response Teams.’
    • ‘When I started in York 34 years ago as a young police cadet, it was a different world.’
    • ‘We follow a young naval cadet (they weren't called Midshipmen yet) who joined the Navy football team following its first loss to West Point.’
    • ‘The exercise followed a large display at the Rokeby Police Academy for Tasmanian emergency service workers and police cadets.’
    • ‘Navy had a few good runners but we had some good young officer cadets from ADFA that really cut them down.’
    • ‘Another award winner in the Ukraine was walking his dog when a police cadet pointed out that dogs in that area must be walked with a muzzle and a leash.’
    • ‘Old soldiers from an array of regiments rubbed shoulders with young cadets as Bobby's coffin was carried through a guard of honour.’
    • ‘As young West Point cadets, our motto was, ‘Duty, honor, country.’’
    1. 1.1 A student in training at a military school.
      • ‘You all chose a challenge because you joined Army cadets - I hope this has been a good experience for you.’
      • ‘As many as 750 cadets, including 41 girls, from eight colleges and 21 schools participated in the event.’
      • ‘The cadets undergo rigorous training in sailing, boat pulling and ship modelling.’
      • ‘Both the boys and girls cadets teams will be competing and the top three teams in each group will qualify to the semi-final stages of the championships.’
      • ‘Girl cadets are also taking part in large numbers at the camp.’
      • ‘I suppose it wouldn't be so bad if in fact the monies it collects from everyday citizens, say a twelve-year old girl or naval cadets, actually went to the artists themselves.’
      • ‘More than 300 Wiltshire Army cadets spent an action-packed fortnight honing their skills in the heart of a Sussex forest.’
      • ‘Seven boys and 15 girl cadets also formed part of the contingent that marched down the Raj Path on January 26.’
      • ‘The crew and the training cadets from other countries kept changing through the journey so that more people could be trained and given such a valuable exposure.’
      • ‘Jessye hopes to join the army when she finishes school and is doing four TEE subjects, while balancing army cadets and tennis.’
      • ‘After two strenuous months of hard work, mid-term had finally arrived for the Army Academy High School cadets on Arduous Prime.’
      • ‘Four teenage army cadets at an adventure camp were rushed to hospital after it is believed drinking water was spiked.’
      • ‘The suit - made from netting and hessian - took Karl, 16, an army cadet, more than 120-hours to complete.’
      • ‘I like the job and I have always had a loud voice as I used to be involved with the army cadets.’
      • ‘The organisers of the camp had packaged the daily schedule in such way that it inculcates a spirit of adventure among the participating cadets besides enhancing their leadership quality.’
      • ‘On successful completion of training, a cadet becomes eligible to represent the Directorate at the national-level camp.’
      • ‘Steven, a pupil at Wentworth High was an army cadet and his ambition was to become a soldier.’
      • ‘The group - which includes army cadets, brownies, and members of Voluntary Action Orkney - were invited meet the Queen, who is touring the country to mark her Golden Jubilee.’
      • ‘These factors have to a considerable extent led to large numbers of young officers quitting and cadets dropping out of military training establishments.’
      • ‘The cadets will gain excellent training in first aid and obtain a recognised qualification.’
  • 2formal, archaic A younger son or daughter.

    • ‘A cadet of the family of the Earls of Lincoln, he espoused, along with many other scions of noble houses, the royal side in the civil war.’
    • ‘At each corner was a tower of sufficient dimensions to make it the residence of some cadet of the family.’
    • ‘In the seventeenth century, the enforced celibacy of daughters and cadets already caused by the dowry inflation was further exacerbated by primogeniture and the triumph of the patrilineal family.’
    • ‘The man, probably a cadet of the family, held a small estate in Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire.’
    1. 2.1usually as modifier A junior branch of a family.
      ‘a cadet branch of the family’
      • ‘After the investiture in 1364 of Philip the Bold as duke of Burgundy, the duchy of Burgundy became a cadet branch of the French royal house of Valois.’
      • ‘Control of the marriage of a female heiress by the cadet branches of the chiefly house, and the office of tutor or guardian within the clan, were partial answers.’
      • ‘He was born on 18 May 1872 into a famous family, a cadet branch of the Dukes of Bedford.’
      • ‘Secondly, it assumes coat armour to be hereditary in the male lines of a family, with differences to distinguish cadet branches.’
      • ‘The Dawnays, notable soldiers, were a cadet branch of The Viscounts Downe, and set Whitfield on its course of wonderful house parties for all the field sports.’
      • ‘She was born on March 6, 1903, Tokyo, the eldest daughter of the Prince who headed one of the eleven cadet branches of the Imperial Family.’

Origin

Early 17th century (in cadet (sense 2)): from French, from Gascon dialect capdet, a diminutive based on Latin caput ‘head’. The notion ‘little head’ or ‘inferior head’ gave rise to that of ‘younger, junior’.

Pronunciation

cadet

/kəˈdɛt//kəˈdet/