com·​pa·​dre | \kəm-ˈpä-drā, -drē\

Definition of compadre 

: a close friend : buddy

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for compadre


alter ego, amigo, buddy, chum, comrade, confidant, confidante, crony, familiar, friend, intimate, mate [chiefly British], musketeer, pal


enemy, foe

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Get Friendly With the Definition of Compadre

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.

Examples of compadre in a Sentence

How are you doing, compadre? they're longtime compadres who have been through a lot together

Recent Examples on the Web

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 This complements the boldly sculptural lighting design of Marc Newson, another longtime Alaïa collaborator and compadre. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Carla Sozzani on Azzedine Alaïa’s Flourishing Afterlife—And New Store—In London," 26 Apr. 2018 For the clients, this luxe enclosure is a gift to their feline compadres, providing a cat-only retreat from the owners’ puppy. Barbara Eldredge, Curbed, "World’s fanciest cat cage looks like a work of art," 16 Mar. 2018 At The Wheel compadres with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Gary Graff, Billboard, "SXSW: All-Star Lineup Gathers For Ray Benson's Birthday Bash," 14 Mar. 2018 Those are custom-madedrinking shoes, compadre, not to be worn to PTA meetings or swap-meets. David Weiss, Newsweek, "Gadget Lust: Smart Gifts for Smart Santas," 6 Dec. 2015 Dr Lewin, Dr Kress and their compadres would, if the EBP succeeds, be able to write a definitive version of the book of life—or, at least, of eukaryotic life. The Economist, "GenomicsSequencing the world," 23 Jan. 2018 Another Koch compadre, Justin O’Shea, was next door mixing cocktails made from his latest venture, a gin named Goldy. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Polemics and Pole Dancing: 032c Throws Its Debut Fashion “Show” at Pitti," 13 Jan. 2018 As is the case with its compadres from automakers like Land Rover, BMW, and Jeep, the AMG GLS63 starts out as a relatively mild-mannered mainstream model. Al Haas,, "2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLS63: The Usain Bolt of SUVs," 13 Jan. 2018

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

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about compadre

Listen to Our Podcast about compadre

Statistics for compadre

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for compadre

The first known use of compadre was in 1834

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for compadre



English Language Learners Definition of compadre

: a close friend

More from Merriam-Webster on compadre

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for compadre

Spanish Central: Translation of compadre

Comments on compadre

What made you want to look up compadre? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a nest or breeding place

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!