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
Recent Examples on the Web Think of self-driving cars that veer off the road when shown a particular license plate, surveillance cameras that turn a blind eye to certain criminals, or AI weapons that fire on comrades rather than the enemy. Wired, "Tainted Data Can Teach Algorithms the Wrong Lessons," 25 Nov. 2019 Bohlen, too, had a youthful flirtation with Marx, even defending the Russian Revolution to skeptical Harvard comrades. Doug Henwood, Harper's magazine, "To Serve Is to Rule," 28 Oct. 2019 No matter how closely a law enforcement officer knew a slain comrade, the loss hits close to home, Fisk said. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, "MCSO announces fundraiser to honor slain Officer Gene Lee, 'a kind and generous person'," 1 Nov. 2019 Baesel posthumously received the Medal of Honor during World War I for trying to rescue a wounded comrade on a battlefield in France. Linda G. Kramer,, "Blue Star marker in Berea honors veterans: Community Voices," 13 Sep. 2019 Biden’s latest version of the story, according to the Post, has a Navy captain rappelling down a 60-foot ravine in the Kunar province of Afghanistan in an unsuccessful effort to retrieve a wounded comrade who dies. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, "Biden denies conflating details of heroic war story after Washington Post report raises questions," 1 Aug. 2019 Previous SlideNext Slide This first trailer opens on a desolate battlefield during World War I, as a young soldier comes into view carrying a fallen comrade on his back. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Lawrence of Arabia takes on Rasputin in first trailer for The King’s Man," 15 July 2019 As for Barrett’s comrade Zion Williamson, his nine minutes of play for the Pelicans were nothing but a brief cameo, dimming some of the tangible excitement that brought fans out in droves for his debut. Jeremy Woo,, "Top 10 Rookie Takeaways From NBA Summer League," 16 July 2019 In many ways, General Sandor’s personal journey tracks the evolution of Eastern European militaries to NATO allies and post-9/11 comrades in the battlefields of Afghanistan from Cold War rivals. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, "American Commandos Gear Up for New Shadow War With Russia," 12 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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“Comrade.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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