com·rade | \ˈkäm-ˌrad, -rəd, especially British -ˌrād\

Definition of comrade 

1a : an intimate friend or associate : companion " … reflecting upon all my comrades that were drowned … "— Daniel Defoe

b : a fellow soldier comrades in battle

2 [ from its use as a form of address by communists ] : communist

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Other Words from comrade

comradeliness \ˈkäm-ˌrad-lē-nəs \ noun
comradely adjective
comradeship \ˈkäm-ˌrad-ˌship \ 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

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His Bolshevik comrades disposed of the evidence, saving him from execution, but he was sentenced to three months in solitary confinement for his activism. The Economist, "An eerie dystopian prophecy by a disillusioned Bolshevik," 31 May 2018 Back in 1989, as the communist bloc began its tumultuous collapse, North Koreans were more than twice as wealthy as their comrades in China., "Why Doesn’t North Korea Want to Be More Like Its Neighbors?," 23 May 2018 But an unlikely comrade stepped in to see the project through. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Effort to save Phoenix's first Orthodox Jewish synagogue reveals forgotten history," 23 Mar. 2018 In lethality, the jihadists in Africa have already overtaken their Iraqi comrades. The Economist, "Jihadists are trying to take over the Sahel," 12 July 2018 The sign includes a quote from Grinberg commanding his comrades to bury the dead in their first act of self-determination since the war had begun. Emanuella Grinberg, Smithsonian, "When a Bavarian Monastery Provided a Home to Jewish Refugees," 11 July 2018 Thai leaders vowed to continue the effort with the same force and gusto to honor their fallen comrade. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Ex-SEAL Diver Dies in Thai Cave Rescue Attempt," 6 July 2018 Spencer leaned on his cane while saluting his fallen comrades with the sign of the cross, the newspaper says. CBS News, "Last survivor of World War II unit fulfills its whiskey pact," 3 July 2018 Like a virus, one reliever’s struggles were passed along to his comrades. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers 'kicked in the gut' in 5-4 loss, their sixth straight," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of comrade

1544, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for comrade

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

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English Language Learners Definition of comrade

: a close friend you have worked with, been in the military with, etc.

Comrade —used as a title for a member of a communist party


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