[kom-rad, -rid]


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 formscom·rade·ship, nounpre·com·rade·ship, noun

Synonyms for comrade Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for comrade

Contemporary Examples of comrade

Historical Examples of comrade

  • Tell me, comrade, is it sooth that we shall have another fling at these Frenchmen?

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • The man with the gun swore fearfully, but his comrade with the hammer was silent.

  • They evidently sympathized with their comrade's objection to the duties of a policeman.

  • She had become so habituated to his presence that she was quite at her ease, and treated him as a comrade.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • Comrade Ossipon met the shock of this blasphemy by an awful, vacant stare.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for comrade



an associate or companion
a fellow member of a political party, esp a fellow Communist or socialist
Derived Formscomradely, adjectivecomradeship, noun

Word Origin for comrade

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 comrade

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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