From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
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   1. The younger of two brothers; a younger brother or son; the
      youngest son.
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            The cadet of an ancient and noble family. --Wood.
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   2. (Mil.)
      (a) A gentleman who carries arms in a regiment, as a
          volunteer, with a view of acquiring military skill and
          obtaining a commission.
      (b) 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.
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   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.
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   3. In New Zealand, a young gentleman learning sheep farming
      at a station; also, any young man attached to a sheep
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   4. A young man who makes a business of ruining girls to put
      them in brothels. [Slang, U. S.]
      [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
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