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  1. a young trainee in the armed services or police force.
  2. formal•archaic
    a younger son or daughter.
    • a junior branch of a family.
  3. a.) a younger brother or son
    b.) youngest son
    c.) a younger branch of a family or a member of it


Origin of Cadet

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’.

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