[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 comradeship

Contemporary Examples of comradeship

  • A certain sense of comradeship and loyalty has been hard-wired since these women were young girls.

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    The Ageist Attack on Hillary

    Michael Tomasky

    July 1, 2013

Historical Examples of comradeship

  • Kitty laughed merrily at this, and Yates laughed also, for his sense of comradeship was strong.

  • They knew, through the comradeship of all Bohemia, exactly what she meant.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • Considerations of sex should not interfere with comradeship.

    Alarms and Discursions

    G. K. Chesterton

  • Thus it was that an intimacy, a sort of comradeship, had sprung up among the three.

    Doctor Pascal

    Emile Zola

  • Towards these the soldier-workman will have no tender feelings, no sense of comradeship.

    Another Sheaf

    John Galsworthy

British Dictionary definitions for comradeship



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 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.

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