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
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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 24 Apr. 2024.

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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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