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 Slowly, inexorably, Janis and Ana are drawn together: as comrade mothers, as collaborators on the making of potato omelets, and as more than that. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 1 Sep. 2021 That frenemy is Wanda Maximoff, whose close study of the dark arts at the end of WandaVision may put her in direct conflict with her fellow sorcerer and former comrade. Ineye Komonibo,, 26 Aug. 2021 His mother, a more fervent comrade than her husband, died when Mr. Khin Maung Zaw was an infant. New York Times, 2 July 2021 The challenge is to shift your mindset from that of a comrade and confidant to that of a coach and accountability partner. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 17 June 2021 And so Frank Bellotti will be in East Boston on D-Day Sunday as his solemn promise to never leave a comrade behind is renewed., 5 June 2021 Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin are set to meet this week, with Putin expected to press his autocratic comrade for even tighter ties. Editorial Board, Star Tribune, 25 May 2021 Some ran alone, while others crossed the finish line alongside a comrade. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, 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,, 22 Apr. 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 21 Sep. 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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