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  1. a fellow member of a fraternity, profession, etc.; colleague: my confreres in the medical profession.
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Origin of confrere

1425–75; late Middle English < Middle French < Medieval Latin confrāter colleague, equivalent to Latin con- con- + frāter brother
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Historical Examples

  • It was a magnificent specimen, and exactly like its European confrere.

    Adventures of a Young Naturalist

    Lucien Biart

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

  • Before a 'confrere' she was certain he would not ask her dangerous questions.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for confrere


  1. a fellow member of a profession, fraternity, etc
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Word Origin

C15: from Old French, from Medieval Latin confrāter fellow member, from Latin frāter brother
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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.

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