Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[kon-frair] /ˈkɒn frɛər/
a fellow member of a fraternity, profession, etc.; colleague:
my confreres in the medical profession.
Origin of confrere
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Middle French < Medieval Latin confrāter colleague, equivalent to Latin con- con- + frāter brother Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for confrere
Historical Examples
  • It was a magnificent specimen, and exactly like its European confrere.

  • Some one has warned him—an enemy of the Countess, a confrere of Maitland.

    Cosmopolis, Complete Paul Bourget
  • Before a 'confrere' she was certain he would not ask her dangerous questions.

    Conscience, Complete Hector Malot
  • His confrere, who had preceded him here, sat enviously at one of the minor tables.

    Dust of New York Konrad Bercovici
  • Our confrere Ruhlmann, of the Elektrotechnische Zeitschrift, gives a still more remarkable example yet of such confusion.

  • It is also written to uphold the reputation of the Western conjuror against the spurious ascendancy held by his Eastern confrere.

    Indian Conjuring L. H. Branson
  • It was only when the supercargo was planning some especial piece of villainy that he addressed his confrere by his Christian name.

    Tessa Louis Becke
  • When Perrotte died he and M. Revault, his confrere, thought the cause of death would be seen as poison in an autopsy.

    She Stands Accused Victor MacClure
  • Dr Revault, confrere of Guyot, regretted the failure to perform a post-mortem on the body of Perrotte.

    She Stands Accused Victor MacClure
  • The cadaverous one jotted down something in a pocket-book, and exchanged a few words with his confrere.

    A Lively Bit of the Front Percy F. Westerman
British Dictionary definitions for confrere


a fellow member of a profession, fraternity, etc
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from Medieval Latin confrāter fellow member, from Latin frāter brother
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for confrere

early 15c., from Old French confrere "brother, companion" (13c.), from Medieval Latin confrater, from com- "together, with" (see com-) + frater "brother" (see brother). Probably lost in later 17c. and reborrowed 19c. from French confrère.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for confrère

Word Value for confrere

Scrabble Words With Friends