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To understand cadre, we must first square our understanding of the word's Latin roots. Cadre traces to the Latin quadrum,
meaning "square." Squares can make good frameworks—a fact that makes it
easier to understand why first French speakers and later English
speakers used cadre as a word meaning "framework." If you think
of a core group of officers in a regiment as the framework that holds
things together for the unit, you'll understand how the "personnel"
sense of cadre developed. Military leaders and their troops are well-trained and work together as a unified team, which may explain why cadre
is now sometimes used more generally to refer to any group of people
who have some kind of unifying characteristic, even if they aren't
Examples of CADRE
"As an articulate woman proposing solutions to the ills of society,
Lucy was no lone figure on the city's political landscape. Still, within
a public arena of competing ideas and legislative initiatives, she
occupied a prominent niche—a revolutionary cadre of one—and fought to stay in the headlines and on the front page."
— Jacqueline Jones, Goddess of Anarchy, 2017
"As Jon Gruden continues to build his coaching staff, his latest hire fits right in with the cadre of
football minds with whom Gruden has had extensive experience. He has
hired long time draft prep training specialist, Tom Shaw as the team's
— Pro Football Weekly, 15 Feb. 2018
Test Your Vocabulary
Fill in the blanks to complete a noun that refers to the act or process
of orienting and training a new employee: o _ _ o _ rd _ n _.