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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Here’s to a glittering spectacle of camaraderie on a warm Saturday evening. Doug Maccash,, "New Orleans’ Pride Parade 2019 was a glorious group hug," 9 June 2019 Mark Piva, who is in a leadership position with the club, joined nearly 10 years ago, enjoying the camaraderie and community service projects. Priscella Vega,, "80 years in, Huntington Beach Lions Club goes beyond ‘writing checks’," 25 May 2018 An avid golfer, Mr. Messersmith enjoyed the camaraderie and challenges of the links, his family said. Bonnie L. Cook,, "E.J. Messersmith Jr., 86, architect for Veterans Stadium concessions," 20 Mar. 2018 Last night, that spirit of openness and female camaraderie was alive and thriving at the 10th Annual DVF Awards honoring women with the strength and courage to fight, survive, and inspire. Ciarra Lorren Zatorski, Vogue, "Anita Hill, Nadia Murad, Katy Perry, and More Received DVF Awards at Last Night’s Ceremony," 13 Apr. 2019 But on the bus ride up to the start line, Sellers chatted with her competitors, and the group’s friendliness and camaraderie put her at ease. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "How Sarah Sellers Went From Surprise Podium Finisher at the Boston Marathon to Pro Athlete," 8 Apr. 2019 The actual purposes of the feast may be hard to disentangle, at least beyond the potential camaraderie. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Study: Ancient Stonehenge Pig Roasts Brought in People From All Over Britain," 13 Mar. 2019 Groups of goal-setters can offer support and chat real-time — a great model for anyone who feels encouraged by interpersonal communication and camaraderie (er, everyone, right?!). Good Housekeeping, "What Is Noom? Here's What a Nutritionist Really Thinks About the Trendy Weight-Loss App," 29 Jan. 2019 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

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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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