[ kuhm-pah-drey ]
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nounChiefly Southwestern U.S.
  1. a friend, companion, or close associate.

Origin of compadre

An Americanism first recorded in 1825–35; from Spanish: “godfather,” from early Medieval Latin compater; see compère

Words Nearby compadre Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use compadre in a sentence

  • In the meantime Don Rafael remained my good friend and compadre en la causa de la libertad.

    Roads of Destiny | O. Henry
  • compadre, the minute I saw thee I guessed that thou wert a church rat or something like that.

    The Blood of the Arena | Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • And now he had lived long enough to see his compadre made a general.

British Dictionary definitions for compadre


/ (kɒmˈpɑːdreɪ, kəm-) /

  1. Southwestern US a masculine friend

Origin of compadre

from Spanish: godfather, from Medieval Latin compater, from Latin com- with + pater father

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