ca·​ma·​ra·​de·​rie ˌkäm-ˈrä-d(ə-)rē How to pronounce camaraderie (audio)
: a spirit of friendly good-fellowship

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Get Friendly With the History of Camaraderie

Camaraderie comes from French camarade, which is also the source of English's comrade, meaning "friend or associate." Camarade means "roommate," "companion," or "a group sleeping in one room." It is related to Latin camera, meaning "chamber."

Examples of camaraderie in a Sentence

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
… 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
Except for occasional bursts of camaraderie, which came like thunderstorms, we were never close. W. P. Kinsella, Shoeless Joe, 1982
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
There is great camaraderie among the teammates. They have developed a real camaraderie after working together for so long. See More
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Word History


French, from camarade comrade

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of camaraderie was in 1838


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“Camaraderie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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ca·​ma·​ra·​de·​rie ˌkäm-(ə-)ˈräd-ə-rē How to pronounce camaraderie (audio)
: good feeling existing between comrades

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