compadre

compadre

[kuhm-pah-drey]
noun Chiefly Southwestern U.S.
a friend, companion, or close associate.

Origin:
1825–35, Americanism; < American Spanish; Spanish: godfather < early Medieval Latin compater; see compère

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compadre (kɒmˈpɑːdreɪ, kəm-)
 
n
(Southwestern US) a masculine friend
 
[from Spanish: godfather, from Medieval Latin compater, from Latin com- with + pater father]

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compadre
"companion," 1834, Amer.Eng., from Sp. compadre "godfather," hence "benefactor, friend," from M.L. compater, from com- "with" + pater "father." (cf. compere, also gossip).
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