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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Recent Examples on the Web Ayer has made a career of making dark and gritty movies set in worlds where the characters have nothing to lose as well as the precarious camaraderie that comes with that. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "David Ayer in Talks to Direct Remake of 'The Dirty Dozen' for Warner Bros.," 16 Dec. 2019 Rick and Cliff stand for an old-school way of doing things — all macho movies and masculine camaraderie. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Shocking Right-Wing Tinge of Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood," 13 Dec. 2019 Every December, the world of art and design comes together in Miami to celebrate craft, culture, and creative camaraderie. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Best Things to See and Do During Miami Design Week 2019," 4 Dec. 2019 The rendezvous indicate Harris’ thirst for football knowledge, as well as the camaraderie that has developed within the Broncos’ secondary. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Broncos continue search for stability at No. 2 cornerback, where Isaac Yiadom will start in place of Davontae Harris on Sunday," 29 Nov. 2019 Others who didn't lose their jobs also joined, the employee said, noting the camaraderie. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, "Inside WeWork's week from hell: How the mass layoffs went down," 22 Nov. 2019 Just to see the camaraderie that the movie shows, cause at the end of the day, that’s what football’s all about. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Favorite football flick? 'Remember the Titans' gets edge in Detroit Lions locker room," 21 Nov. 2019 The team breakfast, the team meetings, the locker room camaraderie. oregonlive, "Trail Blazers links: On Carmelo Anthony’s return to the NBA and debut with Portland," 20 Nov. 2019 The work was arduous—removing granite boulders, planting vines by hand—but the Fellowship prized the clarity and camaraderie that came from collective physical labor. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, "How Natural Wine Became a Symbol of Virtuous Consumption," 18 Nov. 2019

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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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“Camaraderie.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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