cadet etymology

English word cadet comes from Proto-Indo-European *kaput-, and later Proto-Italic *kaput (Head.)

Detailed word origin of cadet

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*kaput- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*kaput Proto-Italic (itc-pro) Head.
caput Latin (lat) (New Latin, anatomy) headlike protuberance on an organ or body part, usually bone, for instance caput ulnae. (New Latin, medicine) a disease; a severe swelling of the soft tissues of a newborn's scalp that develops as the baby travels through the birth canal. (figuratively) life. (figuratively) the vital part. (in writings) division, section, paragraph, chapter. (of a river) origin, source, [...]
capitulum Latin (lat) (Late Latin) A chapter, either:. A head-like object or structure.. A prominent section or formal division of a text.. Various civic and ecclesiastical councils or bodies, as cathedral chapters.
capdet French (fra)
capdet Occitan (post 1500) (oci)
cadet French (fra) A younger sibling. Cadet, student officer. Junior sportsperson, young player (family) youngest.
cadet English (eng) (NZ, historical) A young gentleman learning sheep farming at a station; also, any young man attached to a sheep station.. (archaic, US, slang) A young man who makes a business of ruining girls to put them in brothels.. (in compounds, chiefly, in, _, genealogy) Junior. (See also the heraldic term cadency.). (largely, _, historical) A younger or youngest son, who would not inherit as a [...]

Words with the same origin as cadet

Descendants of *kaput-
achieve ahead cabbage cap cape capital captain cattle chapter chef chief dickhead forehead handkerchief head headache headed heading headline headmaster headquarters heads mutt overhead