camaraderie

noun
ca·​ma·​ra·​de·​rie | \ ˌkäm-ˈrä-d(ə-)rē How to pronounce camaraderie (audio) , ˌkam-, ˌkä-mə-, ˌka-, -ˈra-\

Definition of camaraderie

: a spirit of friendly good-fellowship

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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.

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.
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Away from family and loved ones, salsa dancing and indoor soccer help create a sense of camaraderie. Daniela Hernandez, WSJ, "Did Your Thanksgiving Include T-Rex and Chewbacca Costumes? Antarctica’s Did.," 25 Nov. 2018 And the abundance of camaraderie in TV comedies serve to make the stories being told even better. Anne T. Donahue, Marie Claire, "Why Don't Women on Drama Shows Have Any Friends?," 27 Dec. 2018 Over the course of his life, John F. Kennedy spent time with many famous faces, but perhaps his most curious friendship was his short-lived camaraderie with entertainer Frank Sinatra. Lee Server, Town & Country, "The Real Reason Frank Sinatra Was Banned from the Kennedy White House," 7 Nov. 2018 Even Americans who don’t train together have developed a camaraderie. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "Now Starring on Marathon Podiums: American Women," 2 Nov. 2018 But there is a camaraderie and a kinship that comes with being perhaps the only woman in the room in your own room, and knowing those other women who are having that experience. Eric Johnson, Recode, "For some under-represented people in tech, life is getting better. For others, this is the ‘dark timeline.’," 5 Sep. 2018 Being on this trip [to the Berlin Film Festival] and seeing Jeff Goldblum and Bill Murray and everyone gathered, there is a nice camaraderie. Anna Peele, GQ, "Wes Anderson and His Collaborators Talk Isle of Dogs and Pretending to Be Someone You’re Not," 23 Mar. 2018 The challenge was missing football, missing the camaraderie of the players and coaches. Dave Skretta, The Seattle Times, "Chiefs turning to Spagnuolo to shore up sieve-like defensive," 20 Feb. 2019 Their macho camaraderie was often exclusionary and damaging. Noel Murray, The Verge, "This weekend, stream Venus, the breakthrough film for Doctor Who’s Thirteenth Doctor," 5 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of camaraderie

1840, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for camaraderie

French, from camarade comrade

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camaraderie

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English Language Learners Definition of camaraderie

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

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