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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Each man’s sense of injustice echoed off the grievances of comrades, building to an angry crescendo. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "The One Time American Troops Fought Russians Was at the End of World War I—and They Lost," 9 Nov. 2018 Kevin traces a picture of Jack from his Vietnam days to the home of one of his Jack's comrades. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is Us Season 3 Episode 5 Tells the Heartbreaking Truth About Toby," 23 Oct. 2018 Deeper in the chamber, four SEALs kept watch on the boys as their comrades ferried in field rations and water. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "‘Time is running out’: Inside the treacherous rescue of boys trapped in a Thai cave," 13 July 2018 Now fiery with self-recognition and full of speeches (her own #MeToo moment), Dolores and her loyal comrades take vengeance on human and cyborg alike, setting off to affirm Dolores's vision of a real world that lies beyond Westworld. Hank Stuever,, "'Westworld' gets a needed upgrade in its pretentious quest for the meaning of not-life," 22 Apr. 2018 National leaders—including King comrade and civil rights pioneer Bayard Rustin, and Roy Wilkins, then the executive director of the NAACP—began paying attention. Kirsten West Savali, The Root, "Watch: Police Officers Terrorize Black Memphis During MLK’s Final March," 28 Mar. 2018 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

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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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