Where does the word “cadre” come from and What does cadre mean?

It may help, in recalling the military usage, to remember that, although this came originally from the Latin quadrum, a four-sided thing, it came to us from the French, in which language a cadre was a picture frame or a framework.

Thus a military cadre is the framework or skeleton organization of officers and men upon which a complete unit may be built.

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