[ kon-frair ]
/ ˈkɒn frɛər /


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

Origin of confrere

1425–75; late Middle English < Middle French < Medieval Latin confrāter colleague, equivalent to Latin con- con- + frāter brother Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for confrere


/ (ˈkɒnfrɛə) /


a fellow member of a profession, fraternity, etc

Word Origin for confrère

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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