con·​frere ˈkän-ˌfrer How to pronounce confrere (audio)
kən-ˈ How to pronounce confrere (audio)
variants or less commonly confrère

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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.

Examples of confrere in a Sentence

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


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of confrere was in the 15th century


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“Confrere.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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