com·​pa·​dre | \ kəm-ˈpä-drā How to pronounce compadre (audio) , -drē \

Definition of compadre

: a close friend : buddy

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In Spanish, a child's father and godfather are, to each other, "compadres" - that is, "co-fathers." "Compadre" is also a traditional term of reverence and friendship for a man. The equivalent feminine term in Spanish is comadre. "Compadre" and "comadre" appeared simultaneously in the work that gives us our first known use of "compadre" in English: "'Busy as common, comadre!' said Lopez as he entered, addressing the mother, 'late and early I can find you at work.' 'Yes, compadre,' was the answer." (Albert Pike, "A Mexican Tale," 1834). In English, compadre means "friend and can refer to a person of either sex." "Comadre" continues to appear occasionally in English contexts, but it is not yet well enough established to merit entry in English dictionaries.

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How are you doing, compadre? they're longtime compadres who have been through a lot together
Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile a former compadre of Mr Massie in the House Freedom Caucus, Justin Amash, declared a plan to run for president for the Libertarians. The Economist, "Lexington Conservatism in the crisis," 2 May 2020 Police said that the rapper and his compadres had been getting complaints about the smell of marijuana permeating from their hotel room, the station reported. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Lil Wayne won't be showing up to his St. Louis concert," 14 Sep. 2019 Though these worldly concerns sometimes cause friction within the group, Renaldo and his compadres always find their way back together. Kristen Baldwin,, "A love letter to Los Espookys, TV's most delightful freak show," 3 July 2019 Here’s to the competitors and compadres who inspire us now and throughout the year. *** Best of the Web will not publish on Monday or Tuesday but will return on Wednesday. *** Follow James Freeman on Twitter. James Freeman, WSJ, "‘A Great Joy’," 21 Dec. 2018 The breeziness is a feint: Anolik has spent years on research, working meticulously to fill in the blanks where Babitz or her compadres had been too drunk to remember. Lidija Haas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 10 Jan. 2019 Here’s to the competitors and compadres who inspire us now and throughout the year. James Freeman, WSJ, "‘A Great Joy’," 21 Dec. 2018 Other losers topping the list: Indianapolis, Salt Lake City and Madison, Wis. Welcome to the club, compadres. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "D.C. is No. 2 on the list of ‘snow losers’ this winter," 8 Feb. 2018 His voice flat, Towers summed up not only his own state but that of his longtime compadre, manager Bruce Bochy. Tom Krasovic,, "All this Padres losing wouldn't sit well with Kevin Towers," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of compadre

1834, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for compadre

Spanish, literally, godfather, from Medieval Latin compater — more at compeer

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“Compadre.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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chiefly US, informal : a close friend

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