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[kom-rad, -rid] /ˈkɒm ræd, -rɪd/
a person who shares in one's activities, occupation, etc.; companion, associate, or friend.
a fellow member of a fraternal group, political party, etc.
a member of the Communist Party or someone with strongly leftist views.
Origin of comrade
1585-95; < Middle French camarade < Spanish camarada group of soldiers billeted together, equivalent to cámar(a) “room” (< Latin; see camera1) + -ada < Latin -āta, feminine of -ātus -ate1
Related forms
comradeship, noun
precomradeship, noun
1. crony, fellow, mate. Unabridged
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  • Kitty laughed merrily at this, and Yates laughed also, for his sense of comradeship was strong.

  • They knew, through the comradeship of all Bohemia, exactly what she meant.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • Considerations of sex should not interfere with comradeship.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
  • Thus it was that an intimacy, a sort of comradeship, had sprung up among the three.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • Towards these the soldier-workman will have no tender feelings, no sense of comradeship.

    Another Sheaf John Galsworthy
  • They laughed a great deal at this, and it was plain that they were on terms of comradeship.

    The Princess Virginia C. N. Williamson
  • He had seen that half defiant smile of comradeship, and his tone was not nice.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • And yet, now, it surprised her to realise that their comradeship had drifted into intimacy.

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
  • Despite her lack of sentiment, she flashed Helen a smile of comradeship.

British Dictionary definitions for comradeship


/ˈkɒmreɪd; -rɪd/
an associate or companion
a fellow member of a political party, esp a fellow Communist or socialist
Derived Forms
comradely, adjective
comradeship, noun
Word Origin
C16: from French camarade, from Spanish camarada group of soldiers sharing a billet, from cámara room, from Latin; see camera, chamber
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Word Origin and History for comradeship



1590s, "one who shares the same room," from Middle French camarade (16c.), from Spanish camarada "chamber mate," originally "chamberful," from Latin camera (see camera). In Spanish, a collective noun referring to one's company. In 17c., sometimes jocularly misspelled comrogue. Related: Comradely; comradeship.

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