ca·​ma·​ra·​de·​rie ˌkäm-ˈrä-d(ə-)rē How to pronounce camaraderie (audio)
: a spirit of friendly good-fellowship

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Get Friendly With the History of Camaraderie

Camaraderie comes from French camarade, which is also the source of English's comrade, meaning "friend or associate." Camarade means "roommate," "companion," or "a group sleeping in one room." It is related to Latin camera, meaning "chamber."

Example Sentences

It is about the camaraderie of troops bound for Vietnam who, as their leader warns, have one another and nothing but one another when they fall into hell. Stanley Kauffmann, New Republic, 25 Mar. 2002 … men on the sunny side of middle age, physical, competitive, used to the quick camaraderie of the team, be it a firefighting squad or a trading desk. Robert Lipsyte, New York Times, 3 Feb. 2002 Except for occasional bursts of camaraderie, which came like thunderstorms, we were never close. W. P. Kinsella, Shoeless Joe, 1982 The best of adolescence was the intense male friendships—not only because of the cozy feelings of camaraderie they afforded … but because of the opportunity they provided for uncensored talk. Philip Roth, Reading Myself and Others, 1975 There is great camaraderie among the teammates. They have developed a real camaraderie after working together for so long. See More
Recent Examples on the Web But in that hurt, the Cost of Living star has found comfort and camaraderie with a character in Martyna Majok’s Pulitzer-winning play whose very presence on any stage, let alone Broadway, is a historical act. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Nov. 2022 Cleveland VA Medical Center’s Blind Rehabilitation Center paired with Crooked River Archery coaches to enjoy a morning filled with laughter and camaraderie. Beth Mlady, cleveland, 12 Nov. 2022 But whatever camaraderie Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph managed was undercut by undercooked characters. Christopher Borrelli, Chicago Tribune, 11 Nov. 2022 That intensity, Gourlie says, is what appeals to veterans, offering them purpose and camaraderie. Will Martin, Men's Health, 9 Nov. 2022 Its range of offerings mirrors gravel biking’s sense of itself: marketing for the sport encourages thoughts of personal discovery, miles from traffic, and also of post-ride camaraderie involving iced drinks and characterful mustaches. Ian Parker, The New Yorker, 7 Nov. 2022 Local politicians past and present say today’s political polarization increases the need for someplace like that longtime venue, with its sprawling party known for chaos, lively banter and rare camaraderie among political foes. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Nov. 2022 But even as the flow of the movie approaches incoherence, then rushes headlong past it, a redeeming strain of brotherly camaraderie takes root, even amid constant sniping and bitching. Leah Greenblatt,, 4 Nov. 2022 Workers praise the chain’s efficiency, including its standards, training, communication and camaraderie. Alixel Cabrera, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


French, from camarade comrade

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of camaraderie was in 1838


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“Camaraderie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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ca·​ma·​ra·​de·​rie ˌkäm-(ə-)ˈräd-ə-rē How to pronounce camaraderie (audio)
: good feeling existing between comrades

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