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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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  • She had risen and was looking at him expectantly, with a half smile that seemed to invite one to comradeship.

    The Long Shadow B. M. Bower
  • He had no glimpse of the comradeship after which the girl's soul yearned.

    A Room With A View E. M. Forster
  • Despite her lack of sentiment, she flashed Helen a smile of comradeship.

  • And she wanted to keep the spice of madness which from the first had seasoned their comradeship.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
  • He knew himself and the child in the artist that cried out for comradeship and love.

    The Woman Gives Owen Johnson
  • But she had to risk it if their comradeship was going to mean anything.

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
  • Brotherliness, or comradeship, shows itself in unselfish service and cooperation with others.

  • It is light and joy and sweetness, comradeship and all dear kinship.

    The Torch Bearer I. T. Thurston
  • Considerations of sex should not interfere with comradeship.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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