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.

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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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His comrades in the trenches called themselves anarchists. David Pryce-jones, National Review, "The Cold War of Words," 22 Aug. 2019 Chaplain Willie promises a Memorial Service like no other, with 160 floating lanterns placed in Coe Lake, one for each comrade that has passed. Linda G. Kramer,, "Vietnam unit to hold reunion in Berea: Community Voices," 25 July 2019 Its biggest episode: Jada’s one-on-one interview with Jordyn Woods, the Kylie Jenner comrade who was accused of hooking up with Khloe Kardashian’s then-boyfriend Tristan Thompson. Time Staff, Time, "The 25 Most Influential People on the Internet," 16 July 2019 Also invariably strong throughout the concert was flutist Stewart, whose pure tones danced, darted and dueled with her comrades on works by Jean-Philippe Rameau, Johann Muthel and Georg Philipp Telemann. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Review: Early Music Festival brings fresh energy to old sounds," 2 Aug. 2019 In the process, he was critically wounded as his former comrades opened fire on him. Fox News, "North Korean soldier defects to South Korea, makes late-night dash across DMZ: officials," 1 Aug. 2019 But away from the track, the Meyer Shank Racing driver boasts plenty of comrades. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Jack Harvey's quiet role in helping build Meyer Shank into exciting young team," 26 July 2019 Susie Lau, Gary Pepper Girl’s Nicole Warne, and Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine sat front row at the shows and became subjects of fascination for Oh and his comrades. Emily Farra, Vogue, "How Street Style Evolved in the 2010s—From Pre-Instagram to Peak Maximalism," 18 July 2019 One of Warped is to see powerful vocalist Greg Graffin lead his comrades in arms though a blistering set of politically charged punk poetry. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, "Vans Warped Tour 2019: Top 11 acts to catch at only West Coast stop," 9 July 2019

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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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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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