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noun ca·ma·ra·de·rie \ˌkäm-ˈrä-d(ə-)rē, ˌkam-, ˌkä-mə-, ˌka-, -ˈra-\

Simple Definition of camaraderie

  • : a feeling of good friendship among the people in a group

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of camaraderie

  1. :  a spirit of friendly good-fellowship

Examples of camaraderie in a sentence

  1. It is about the camaraderie of troops bound for Vietnam who as their leader warns, have one another and nothing but one another when they fall into hell. —Stanley Kauffmann, New Republic, 25 Mar. 2002

  2. … men on the sunny side of middle age, physical, competitive, used to the quick camaraderie of the team, be it a firefighting squad or a trading desk. —Robert Lipsyte, New York Times, 3 Feb. 2002

  3. Except for occasional bursts of camaraderie, which came like thunderstorms, we were never close. —W. P. Kinsella, Shoeless Joe, 1982

  4. The best of adolescence was the intense male friendships—not only because of the cozy feelings of camaraderie they afforded … but because of the opportunity they provided for uncensored talk. —Philip Roth, Reading Myself and Others, 1975

  5. There is great camaraderie among the teammates.

  6. They have developed a real camaraderie after working together for so long.

Did You Know?

Camaraderie comes from "camarade," the French word whose Middle French ancestor was also the source for our word comrade. "Camaraderie" made its first appearance in English in the middle of the 19th century. In Middle French, "camarade" was used to mean "roommate," "companion," or "a group sleeping in one room." It derived by way of Old Spanish from the Late Latin camera, meaning "chamber." We also have the word comradery, which means the same thing as "camaraderie" but did not take the same etymological route as its synonym. That word, formed by attaching the "-ry" suffix (as found in "wizardry" and "citizenry") to "comrade," didn't appear in English until almost 40 years after "camaraderie."

Origin of camaraderie

French, from camarade comrade

First Known Use: 1840

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