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

Other Words from comrade

comradeliness \ ˈkäm-​ˌrad-​lē-​nəs How to pronounce comrade (audio) \ noun
comradely adjective
comradeship \ ˈkäm-​ˌrad-​ˌship How to pronounce comrade (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
Recent Examples on the Web As logic and a developing taste for blood demand, Macbeth now kills his comrade Banquo (Amber Gray). New York Times, 29 Apr. 2022 On each of the firetrucks parked at the high school, a black line, signaling the death of a comrade, sat symbolically on each vehicle's crest. Brock Blasdell, The Arizona Republic, 16 Apr. 2022 In 1926, Mussolini had his old comrade Gramsci arrested at his lodgings in Rome. Thomas Meaney, The New Republic, 30 Mar. 2022 Kolumbet, wearing camouflage, spoke into his walkie-talkie to a comrade in the Ukrainian army’s 72nd Mechanized Brigade, Task Force Coyote. Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2022 As in that 1973 movie, a semi-functional military man must reluctantly turn over an outcast comrade to the Man, but not without some partying along the way. Kyle Smith, National Review, 18 Feb. 2022 An Italian comrade was killed, and shrapnel penetrated Berg’s liver. Dan Kaufman, The New York Review of Books, 9 Feb. 2022 Last summer, the one-time hero was arrested and imprisoned by his old comrade, Ortega. Nr Editors, National Review, 17 Feb. 2022 The collection features collaborations with artists including Usher, Ice Cube and his Super Bowl comrade Blige. Melissa Ruggieri, The Enquirer, 14 Feb. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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