[kuh m-pah-drey]

noun Chiefly Southwestern U.S.

a friend, companion, or close associate.

Origin of compadre

1825–35, Americanism; < American Spanish; Spanish: godfather < early Medieval Latin compater; see compère Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for compadre

couple, pair

Examples from the Web for compadre

Contemporary Examples of compadre

  • Simpson and his compadre Erskine Bowles proposed raising the retirement age to 69 by 2075.

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    The 'Bipartisanship' Racket

    Michael Tomasky

    September 29, 2011

Historical Examples of compadre

  • 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.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for compadre



Southwestern US a masculine friend

Word Origin for compadre

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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