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
Recent Examples on the Web Newcomer Yosan An, who portrays Mulan's comrade Chen Honghui, was admittedly a bit starstruck by his castmates. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Niki Caro and the cast of Mulan break down making Disney's first full-blown martial arts movie," 4 Sep. 2020 Another protester tries to wrest a comrade away from police, and cops in clusters drive people off Woodward. M.l. Elrick, Detroit Free Press, "Here's how the battle line was drawn between Detroit police and protesters," 24 Aug. 2020 Blake, who had been seized by a group of women but was standing on the roadway beside a buggy, watched in horror as his comrade was stabbed and beheaded by Preacher Dover. Tom Dillard, Arkansas Online, "TOM DILLARD: A commune bent on murder," 9 Aug. 2020 Drake thrilled fans with a surprise appearance on Instagram live, popping into the livestream of his close friend and OVO comrade Mark Robinson. Ineye Komonibo,, "Drake Speaks Up About That Kylie Jenner Reference In His Unreleased Song," 23 May 2020 In virtually all respects, Wey and Assil are comrades in arms, both of them horrified by the injustices of capitalist white supremacy and passionately committed to fighting against it. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "The Case for Letting the Restaurant Industry Die," 22 May 2020 In addition to the De Niro, Depardieu and Sutherland, there is Dominique Sanda as Ada, the decadent aesthete who marries Alfredo, and Stefania Sandrelli as Anita, Olmo’s comrade in love and struggle. New York Times, "A Five-Hour Crash Course in Italian History That’s Also Great Filmmaking," 6 May 2020 The friends fired their guns at each other, but Caleb was quicker, mortally wounding his comrade in the process. Ineye Komonibo,, "So, Who Exactly Was Kid Cudi’s Westworld Character & Is He Really Dead?," 28 Apr. 2020 For Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other comrades in the socialist vanguard of the Democratic Party, the coronavirus epidemic proves that the world needs socialism. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "‘More Cowbell!’," 26 Mar. 2020

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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 27 Sep. 2020.

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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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