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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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  • His comrade had been struck and had fallen into the shallow water.

    With Wolseley to Kumasi F.S. Brereton
  • Tell me, comrade, is it sooth that we shall have another fling at these Frenchmen?

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Then the comrade said: “Now I must part from you, for I can stay with you no longer.”

    The Norwegian Fairy Book Clara Stroebe
  • They evidently sympathized with their comrade's objection to the duties of a policeman.

  • He saw a savage grin on the man's face as he raised his rifle again to finish the job and avenge his comrade.

    On Land And Sea At The Dardanelles Thomas Charles Bridges
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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