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[kom-rad, -rid] /ˈkɒm ræd, -rɪd/
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 camera) + -ada < Latin -āta, feminine of -ātus -ate1
Related forms
comradeship, noun
precomradeship, noun
1. crony, fellow, mate. Unabridged
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  • He got up and fought and beat down the insurgent in hand-to-hand combat until a comrade could shoot the enemy dead.
  • But the landless do not really blame their former comrade for the slow pace of progress.
  • When not a single comrade responded, she fired a shot down into the hold, killing one of them.
  • However, if one of their own neocon comrade is established guilty using the method, they will deny that techniques works.
  • Change your diet comrade, it is making you appear bloated.
  • One statue depicts military personnel attending to a wounded comrade.
  • He jumped on top of his fallen comrade, saving the life of another while losing his own.
British Dictionary definitions for comrade


/ˈkɒmreɪd; -rɪd/
an associate or companion
a fellow member of a political party, esp a fellow Communist or socialist
Derived Forms
comradely, adjective
comradeship, noun
Word Origin
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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