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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At the Guggenheim, between the opponents, there were moments of tenderness, flirtation, aggression, sadness, camaraderie, and humor. Meredith Mendelsohn, New York Times, "Can an Artist Shift the Gun Debate?," 22 June 2018 As an eager beginner, Vester, like others in that category, was eager for advice and camaraderie with senior colleagues. Marisa Guthrie, The Hollywood Reporter, "Tom Brokaw Rips "Sensational" Accuser Claims: I Was "Ambushed and Then Perp Walked"," 27 Apr. 2018 No world leader has forged a closer or more public camaraderie with President Trump than Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who visits the White House on Monday battling corruption allegations that have echoes in the White House itself. Anne Gearan, Washington Post, "Netanyahu aims to embrace Trump in White House visit amid scandals in Israel," 3 Mar. 2018 Or maybe this whole situation is yet another piece of evidence that installing workers in an open-plan office builds camaraderie about as well as herding rats into an open-plan cage. Karla L. Miller, The Seattle Times, "How to deal with the office tattletale," 12 Dec. 2018 Looking for that feel-good, take-the-whole-family movie to bundle up and head off to on Christmas Day, still buzzing from all the presents, the fellowship and camaraderie, and the eggnog? Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Should You See Adam McKay’s New Film, Vice?," 20 Dec. 2018 The songs became a therapy session of sorts for both Gutierrez and Swann and helped them re-establish a newfound sort of camaraderie, survivors of a storm of their own creation. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Houston’s Wild Moccasins learn to love again on new album," 3 July 2018 But this year, the nearly 140-person, winter-season crew currently stationed at McMurdo is getting in on the global camaraderie with their own Pride Party on June 9, organizing what could be the first celebration of its kind on the icy continent. Shawn Waldron, National Geographic, "How These Remote Locations Celebrate LGBTQ Pride," 8 June 2018 There’s a strong camaraderie, since everyone has worked so hard to get there. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Yosemite backpacking with kids is worth a few tears," 26 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'camaraderie.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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