comrade

noun
com·​rade | \ ˈkäm-ˌrad How to pronounce comrade (audio) , -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 How to pronounce comradeliness (audio) \ noun
comradely adjective
comradeship \ ˈkäm-​ˌrad-​ˌship How to pronounce comradeship (audio) \ 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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Kothie’s former residents and their comrades-in-arms are probably meant to feel like dirt in the statue’s toenails. Arundhati Roy, Quartz India, "Tribespeople in India’s Gujarat fiercely resisted a mega dam—but they got a mega statue, too," 8 July 2019 Some drivers voice their opinion out of a legitimate fear for their own safety and the safety of their comrades at a speedway that has historically invited chaos. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: At Texas, progress is moving target, but fans say IndyCar hit bullseye," 9 June 2019 There is no such thing as a perfect revolutionary; those who criticize her are quick to note that Goldman was willing to engage with liberals, progressives, and trade unionists as well as the intelligentsia in ways that many of her comrades scorned. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Emma Goldman, One of History’s Best-Known Anarchists, Was Born 150 Years Ago," 27 June 2019 Those veterans still alive more than half a century later bristle at philosophical arguments that appear to diminish the sacrifices of their dead comrades. Peter Cozzens, WSJ, "‘Four Hours of Fury’ Review: A Dangerous Descent," 18 June 2019 Near Raqqa last November, Justin and his comrade, Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy, were on a mission to clear buildings that ISIS had rigged with explosives, so that civilians could return to that city hopefully soon and hopefully safely. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "Trump's simultaneously unifying and dividing State of the Union address, annotated," 30 Jan. 2018 Veterans' descendants spoke about family members who fought on the beach and laid red roses at the feet of a statue of an infantryman clutching a rifle and hauling a fallen comrade. sun-sentinel.com, "World marks 75 years since D-Day in solemn observances," 6 June 2019 Today’s tragic loss of Americans’ lives in Syria, along with their comrades in arms in a dangerous conflict zone, should heavily weigh on the conscience of the president based on his orders. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, "At Least Four Americans Killed in Syria Attack Claimed by Islamic State," 16 Jan. 2019 The comrades-in-arms are in top form battling more invading other-worldly beings—and seemingly having a blast doing it. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Thor Ragnarok stars reunite, kick alien butt in MiB International trailer," 20 Dec. 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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comrade

noun

English Language Learners Definition of comrade

: a close friend you have worked with, been in the military with, etc.
used as a title for a member of a communist party

comrade

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com·​rade | \ ˈkäm-ˌrad How to pronounce comrade (audio) , -rəd\

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