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[kuh m-pah-drey] /kəmˈpɑ dreɪ/
noun, Chiefly Southwestern U.S.
a friend, companion, or close associate.
Origin of compadre
early Medieval Latin
1825-35, Americanism; < American Spanish; Spanish: godfather < early Medieval Latin compater; see compère Unabridged
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  • The emissary and compadre of Hernandez spurred his horse close up.

  • There is a beginning to everything, compadre; so let us say no more, but good-bye.

    The Trail-Hunter Gustave Aimard
  • As you see, compadre; but let me have my breakfast at once, for I have a deal to do.

    Stronghand Gustave Aimard
  • They reverence their parents, they honor their patron, and love their compadre.

    Pony Tracks Frederic Remington
  • Bien, compadre,” he quietly replied, “it will be as you say.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • And, if we are wise, we will profit by it––will we not, compadre?

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • "I just wanted to be sure, compadre," and he turned and dropped back into the garden.

    Daughter of the Sun

    Jackson Gregory
  • Applehead's sunburnt mustache bristled like the whiskers of compadre when he was snarling defiance at the little black dog.

  • My compadre does not think of that, but our followers may be wondering greatly, and I would speak for them to you.

British Dictionary definitions for compadre


/kɒmˈpɑːdreɪ; kəm-/
(Southwestern US) a masculine friend
Word Origin
from Spanish: godfather, from Medieval Latin compater, from Latin com- with + pater father
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Word Origin and History for compadre

"companion," 1834, American English, from Spanish compadre "godfather," hence "benefactor, friend," from Medieval Latin compater, from com- "with" (see com-) + pater "father" (see father (n.). Cf. compere, also gossip (n.).

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