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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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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Can a high five or fist bump really create—or even stand in for—camaraderie, in all its complexity? Ben Rowen, The Atlantic, "Finding the Formula for Team Chemistry," 15 June 2018 The lure of a good paying job, the camaraderie of peers and the satisfaction that comes with building something tangible made them sign on with Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Company, or Jeffboat. Pat Mcdonogh, The Courier-Journal, "As the last barge rolls off the line, Jeffboat workers say goodbye to an era and their jobs," 20 Apr. 2018 It has been held up as a symbol of camaraderie and national pride ever since. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "England players under orders to belt out national anthem at World Cup," 3 July 2018 This is a weird business, but there’s a lot of camaraderie and brothership in it. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Friendswood football: 7-on-7, summer conditioning, Roher rejoins staff," 29 June 2018 But the more than two-dozen men and women playing the popular lawn game in a member’s backyard shop on a sticky summer evening just couldn’t resist another night of camaraderie and friendly competition. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "Name aside, cornhole is latest hot sport," 28 June 2018 There’s a certain level of camaraderie that transcends this BFF thing. Katherine Turman, Billboard, "James Williamson on His New Trio Pink Hearts & the Stooges' Legacy," 21 June 2018 The halting camaraderie that develops among them is a marvel of ensemble acting, with dialogue punctuated by the playwright’s lacerating wit. James Hebert,, "A struggle to cling to identity is at heart of La Jolla Playhouse's quietly moving 'Queens'," 10 July 2018 Tough times make tough people Barrett would not swim competitively again until joining Masters events years later for the camaraderie. Scott Springer,, "Glory Days: Turpin's Bill Barrett may be best swimmer never to have made the Olympics," 28 June 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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The first known use of camaraderie was in 1840

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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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