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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Even without a union, workers who have been misclassified or left out entirely still have a number of potential labor comrades to lean on. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Freelancers Want to Join Unions but Labor Laws Won't Let Them," 4 Apr. 2019 Five years ago, after McAllister publicly accused his erstwhile comrades in the IRA of monopolizing the fuel industry, some men dragged him from his car and beat him to within an inch of his life. Kevin Cullen, BostonGlobe.com, "Irish hopes may be stopped at the border," 8 Apr. 2018 The text came from one such collecting comrade, Carl Cunningham. Alexander Huls, Popular Mechanics, "The Great Star Wars Heist," 7 Mar. 2019 Experiencing such disillusionment might not seem as traumatic as coming under enemy fire or seeing a comrade die. New York Times, "The Wounds of the Drone Warrior," 13 June 2018 Calder has only met Prince Harry once, but described him as a genial Army comrade. Lena Grossman, Time, "Prince Harry's Army Comrades Are 'Pretty Excited' About Their Royal Wedding Role," 10 May 2018 Before Kevin walks out the door, the comrade gives him a letter that includes a photo of Jack with a mysterious woman in Vietnam. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is Us Season 3 Episode 5 Tells the Heartbreaking Truth About Toby," 23 Oct. 2018 Meanwhile, his comrades peppered my troops with arrows and crossbow bolts. Owen Duffy, Ars Technica, "Wildlands may be the slickest, simplest fantasy skirmish game ever made," 1 Dec. 2018 In the chaos, the 26-year-old Kaemmerling rushed to help his comrades and was cut down by shrapnel and bullets. Raf Casert, BostonGlobe.com, "1918 battle was turning point for US forces in World War I," 26 May 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

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

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