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 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 Some ran alone, while others crossed the finish line alongside a comrade. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky Derby Festival 2021: Marathon makes a comeback as runners happily hit finish line," 24 Apr. 2021 Octavia Spencer, 50, stars as Emily opposite Melissa McCarthy as Lydia, her comrade in arms and a childhood best friend. Nick Romano,, "Whoopi Goldberg wants to add to the very short list of older Black female superheroes," 22 Apr. 2021 Viewers are left to wonder what Hector's former comrade Isaac (Adetokumboh M'Cormack), who ended season 3 by amassing his own demon army, might have to say about this. Christian Holub,, "Netflix's Castlevania anime to end with upcoming season 4," 16 Apr. 2021 The heart-wrenching, infuriating story of Black Panther Fred Hampton’s (Daniel Kaluuya) betrayal by his comrade William O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield), and his subsequent assassination by the U.S. government, has a number of filmic forebears. Lisa Rosen, Los Angeles Times, "The best clues as to what will take Oscar’s best picture come from the past," 7 Apr. 2021 Undeterred, Kapaun marched over and pushed the enemy solider aside, saving his comrade. Luis Martinez, ABC News, "Korean War chaplain's remains ID'd, was interred as unknown in US grave for 70 years," 8 Mar. 2021 The show's plot takes place shortly after the events of Avengers: Endgame and sees former Avenger Wanda struggling with her grief over the death of her lover and comrade Vision (Paul Bettany). Ineye Komonibo,, "Even The Minds Behind WandaVision Struggled To Piece Together Its Storyline," 4 Feb. 2021 Jackson and King met in 1956 when King's closest comrade, the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, or SCLC, invited her to support the bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. NBC News, "From Coretta Scott King to Ella Baker: These women's ideas were key to MLK's work," 18 Jan. 2021 Two days after takeoff, a CIA aircraft finally spotted Ray’s parachute, and men helicoptered in to locate their comrade. Sarah Scoles, Popular Science, "A CIA spyplane crashed outside Area 51 a half-century ago. This explorer found it.," 5 Jan. 2021

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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 18 May. 2021.

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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


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