com·​rade ˈkäm-ˌrad How to pronounce comrade (audio)
 especially British  -ˌrād
: an intimate friend or associate : companion
" … reflecting upon all my comrades that were drowned … "Daniel Defoe
: a fellow soldier
comrades in battle
[from its use as a form of address by communists] : communist
comradeliness noun
comradely adjective
comradeship noun

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In Latin, camara or camera denoted a vaulted ceiling or roof. Later, the word simply mean “room, chamber” and was inherited by many European languages with that meaning. In the Spanish, the word became cámara, and a derivative of that was camarada “a group of soldiers quartered in a room” and hence “fellow soldier, companion.” That Spanish word was borrowed into French as camarade and then into Elizabethan English as both camerade and comerade.

Examples of comrade in a Sentence

He enjoys spending time with his old army comrades. the boy, and two others who are known to be his comrades, are wanted for questioning by the police
Recent Examples on the Web But for Koichi and comrades, defeating Godzilla is the only way to overcome trauma and turmoil that have dogged them since the war ended. Richard Kuipers, Variety, 22 Nov. 2023 When a Russian tank shell hit his unit’s position in the eastern region of Donetsk, several of his comrades were killed. Dominique Soguel, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Nov. 2023 In a toast, Janice Fine, Jane’s longtime friend and comrade, reported that McAlevey had fired her from the party-planning committee. Eleni Schirmer, The New Yorker, 17 Oct. 2023 In the poster, Aang and his comrades Katara and Sokka are seen on the back of Appa. Mckinley Franklin, Variety, 8 Nov. 2023 His comrades praised his contributions, as did NASA. Michael S. Rosenwald, Washington Post, 7 Nov. 2023 Certain remembers bystanders laughing while pointing at him and his fallen comrade. Jeremy Redmon, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Oct. 2023 In Mao’s day, a purge within the Party required skilled technicians to excise a comrade from photos. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, 23 Oct. 2023 This is no coincidence, comrade, as the Soviets used to say. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 23 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle French camarade group sleeping in one room, roommate, companion, from Old Spanish camarada, from cámara room, from Late Latin camera, camara — more at chamber

First Known Use

1544, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of comrade was in 1544

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“Comrade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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com·​rade ˈkäm-ˌrad How to pronounce comrade (audio)
: a close friend or associate
comradely adjective
comradeship noun

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