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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
space cadet
▪ Shannon Faulkner, its first female cadet, had won court-ordered admission last August but dropped out after less than a week.
▪ When she joined the force 21 years ago, Pengel was in the first class of female cadets.
▪ The authority had coincidentally tested the water for toxins on about the same day as the officer cadets had used it.
▪ By that time the officer cadets were in hospital.
▪ These officer cadets have been at the Academy since early May and are now well into their fourteen-week first term.
▪ Surely the uniform of an officer cadet was something to be proud of.
▪ Was it because she is a mixed-up, self-centred space cadet?
▪ All have been admitting and graduating women cadets for years now.
▪ And what would become of the two remaining women cadets, and the many more who hoped to follow in their footsteps?
▪ By May the cadets had come to the end of their training.
▪ By that time the officer cadets were in hospital.
▪ The report recommended that each midshipman and cadet spend a semester at another service academy.
▪ These officer cadets have been at the Academy since early May and are now well into their fourteen-week first term.
▪ This kept alive the nineteenth-century export trade in cadets of major ruling houses.
▪ Thomas' son is a cadet at the school.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Cadet \Ca*det"\, n. [F. cadet a younger or the youngest son or brother, dim. fr. L. caput head; i. e., a smaller head of the family, after the first or eldest. See Chief, and cf. Cad.]

  1. The younger of two brothers; a younger brother or son; the youngest son.

    The cadet of an ancient and noble family.

  2. (Mil.)

    1. A gentleman who carries arms in a regiment, as a volunteer, with a view of acquiring military skill and obtaining a commission.

    2. A young man in training for military or naval service; esp. a pupil in a military or naval school, as at West Point, Annapolis, or Woolwich.

      Note: All the undergraduates at Annapolis are Naval cadets. The distinction between Cadet midshipmen and Cadet engineers was abolished by Act of Congress in 1882.

  3. In New Zealand, a young gentleman learning sheep farming at a station; also, any young man attached to a sheep station.

  4. A young man who makes a business of ruining girls to put them in brothels. [Slang, U. S.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1610, "younger son or brother," from French cadet "military student officer," noun use of adjective, "younger" (15c.), from Gascon capdet "captain, chief, youth of a noble family," from Late Latin capitellum, literally "little chief," hence, "inferior head of a family," diminutive of Latin caput "head" (see capitulum). "The eldest son being regarded as the first head of the family, the second son the cadet, or little head" [Kitchin].\n

\nApparently younger sons from Gascon noble families were sent to French court to serve as officers, which gave the word its military meaning. In English, the meaning "gentleman entering the military as a profession" is from 1650s, and that of "student at a military college" is from 1775.


n. 1 A student at a military school who is training to be an officer. 2 (context largely historical English) A younger or youngest son, who would not inherit as a firstborn son would. 3 (context in compounds chiefly in genealogy English) junior. (qualifier: See also the heraldic term ''cadency''.) 4 (cx archaic US slang English) A young man who makes a business of ruining girls to put them in brothels. 5 (cx NZ historical English) A young gentleman learning sheep farming at a station; also, any young man attached to a sheep station.


n. a military trainee (as at a military academy) [syn: plebe]

Cadet (Paris Métro)

Cadet is a station on Line 7 of the Paris Métro. It is named after Rue Cadet, itself named after M. Cadet de Chambine, owner of much land through which the street passes. The street was called Rue de la Voirie before being renamed. Numbers 9 and 11 are the old Hôtel Cromot du Bourg (containing reception rooms). At number 16 is the Freemason's Lodge, 'Grand Orient.' This station features a classic Guimard metro entrance.


A cadet is a trainee. The term is frequently used to refer those training to become an officer in the military, often a person who is a junior trainee. Its meaning may vary between countries. The term is also used in civilian contexts and as a general attributive, for example in its original sense of a branch of a ruling house which is not currently in the direct line of succession.

Cadet (dinghy)

The Cadet is a class of sailing dinghy designed to be sailed by two children up to the age of 17. It is a one-design class, originally designed by Jack Holt in 1947. Cadets are sailed worldwide in at least 18 countries.

Cadet (genealogy)

In genealogy, a cadet is a younger son, as opposed to the firstborn heir. Compare puisne.

Cadet (shipwreck)

The Cadet shipwreck is an archaeological site located in Lake George near Bolton in Warren County, New York. It is the site of the shipwreck of the 1893-built Olive ex Cadet steam launch. It was a 48-foot-long, 9.6-foot-wide wooden steamboat with a pointed bow, and was found submerged in approximately 50 feet of water. The ship was discovered by Bateaux Below Inc. in 1997. In 2005, the ship was reported to be in fairly good condition, with its hull mainly intact.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.

Cadet (disambiguation)

Cadet is a trainee to become an officer.

Cadet may also refer to:

  • Cadets (film), a 1939 German war film
  • 50th Redlands International Cadet Australian Championship, a youth sailing competition
  • Aircore Cadet, an ultralight aircraft
  • Baker-McMillan Cadet, a glider
  • Cadet, a rank in the Australian Defence Force Cadets
  • Cadet (genealogy), a younger son
  • Cadet branch or cadet line, the male-line descendants of a monarch or patriarch's younger sons
  • Cadet, a youngest age category in some sports
  • Cadet (dinghy), a junior trainer sailing dinghy
  • A member of the historical Russian Constitutional Democratic Party ("Cadets")
  • Cadet Records, a music record label
  • A member of The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps,
  • Cadet Métro station in Paris
  • The IBM 1620, marketed as an inexpensive "scientific computer" in 1959 by International Business Machines and referred to as CADET, jokingly meaning "Can't Add, Doesn't Even Try"

A Traffic cadet is someone, who regulates traffic.

Cadet (band)

Cadet is an American Christian alternative rock band from Eugene, Oregon, and they formed in 2000 and disbanded in 2004, while their frontman was Ryan Smith. They released, Cadet, with BEC Recordings, in 2001. The same label released, The Observatory, in 2002.

Cadet (album)

Cadet is the first studio album by Cadet. BEC Recordings released the album on April 24, 2001. Cadet worked with producer, Neill King, in the production of this album.

Usage examples of "cadet".

The Federicos were impressed and adulatory, proposing toast after toast from the jeroboam of Mouton Cadet they had contributed to the meal.

While in the palace, Bozo sleeps wherever he likes, sometimes in the suite I share with my beloved Darloona, sometimes on hot nights in the cool gardens-but, more often than not, he chooses to share the little bed on which Taran sleeps when he is not on duty in the cadet barracks.

When she came out she found herself reduced to beg her bread in the streets, like all her brothers, except one, whom I found a cadet in the guards of the King of Spain twelve years afterwards.

He has already heard rumours that Rebin will recall many of the culled cadets from previous years, to try to rebuild a corps of officers for the future.

He has already heard rumors that Rebin will recall many of the culled cadets from previous years, to try to rebuild a corps of officers for the future.

We are also agents, incidentally, for the Devaunt Cadet Planet-Jumper, at SVU 9,800.

Even the green-clad Earthworm cadets had been pressed into service as messengers.

Tower, the three cadets could see the green-clad first-year Earthworms getting their first taste of cadet life--hours of close-order formations and drills.

From all corners of the quadrangle, the slidewalks carried Earthworms in their green uniforms, upper-class cadets in deep blue, enlisted spacemen in scarlet red, and Solar Guard officers in their striking uniforms of black and gold.

Although Gawn had been a year or two ahead of Loclon when they were cadets, their friendship was a recent one.

Five or six weeks after my curious conversation with the monarch, Marshal Keith told me that his majesty had been pleased to create me a tutor to the new corps of Pomeranian cadets which he was just establishing.

Schauenbourg, saying that the name of Lambert was unknown in Strasburg, and that no cadet had been killed or wounded.

I watched as Charoleia artlessly insinuated herself into a laughing group of Den Breval ladies escorted by various men from a cadet Den Haurient line.

Laurence had encouraged the cadets to see to him, and asked Hollin to continue attending to his harness.

Rankin said, not even waiting for Hollin and the cadets to climb down.