confrere

noun con·frere \ ˈkän-ˌfrer , kōⁿ-ˌ , kän-ˈ , kōⁿ-ˈ , kən-ˈ \
variants: or less commonly confrère

Definition of confrere

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Examples of confrere in a Sentence

  1. many of the judge's confreres on the Fifth Circuit bench don't feel as she does on the issue

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Confrere arrived in English from Anglo-French in the 15th century, and ultimately derives from the Medieval Latin confrater, meaning "brother" or "fellow." (Frater, the root of this term, shares an ancient ancestor with our word brother.) English speakers also began using another descendant of confrater in the 15th century: confraternity, meaning "a society devoted to a religious or charitable cause." In the past, confrere was often used specifically of a fellow member of a confraternity, but these days it is used more generally.

Origin and Etymology of confrere

Middle English, from Anglo-French, translation of Medieval Latin confrater



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