camaraderie

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

Definition of camaraderie

:a spirit of friendly good-fellowship

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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 KauffmannNew Republic25 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 LipsyteNew York Times3 Feb. 2002
  3. Except for occasional bursts of camaraderie, which came like thunderstorms, we were never close. —W. P. KinsellaShoeless Joe1982
  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 RothReading Myself and Others1975
  5. There is great camaraderie among the teammates.

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

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Get Friendly With the History of camaraderie

Camaraderie made its first appearance in English in the middle of the 19th century. It comes from camarade, the French word whose Middle French ancestor was also the source for our word comrade. 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, or camara, 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 and Etymology of camaraderie

French, from camarade comrade


CAMARADERIE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of camaraderie for English Language Learners

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



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