• (RP, GA) IPA: /kəˈdɛt/

cadet (plural cadets)

  1. A student at a military school who is training to be an officer.
  2. (largely historical) A younger or youngest son, who would not inherit as a firstborn son would.
    • 1814 July, [Jane Austen], chapter V, in Mansfield Park: A Novel. In Three Volumes, volume II, London: Printed for T[homas] Egerton, […], OCLC 39810224 ↗, page 114 ↗:
      Bertram is certainly well off for a cadet of even a Baronet's family. By the time he is four or five and twenty he will have seven hundred a year, and nothing to do for it.
  3. (in compounds, chiefly, in genealogy) Junior. (See also the heraldic term cadency.)
    a cadet branch of the family
  4. (archaic, US, slang) A young man who makes a business of ruin#Verb|ruining girls to put them in brothels.
  5. (NZ, historical) A young gentleman learning sheep farming at a station#Noun|station; also, any young man attached to a sheep station.
Related terms Translations Translations
  • French: puîné
  • German: jüngerer Bruder, jüngerer Sohn
  • Italian: cadetto

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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