compadre

noun com·pa·dre \ kəm-ˈpä-drā , -drē \

Definition of compadre

:a close friend :buddy

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Examples of compadre in a Sentence

  1. How are you doing, compadre?

  2. they're longtime compadres who have been through a lot together

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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.

Origin and Etymology of compadre

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


COMPADRE Defined for English Language Learners

compadre

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Definition of compadre for English Language Learners

  • : a close friend


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