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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.
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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  • Three of their comrades were saved through the heroism of other firemen who were outside.
  • The occasion was grim: a funeral for the comrades who'd been killed in the government ambush three weeks earlier.
  • Bees wiggle around to tell their comrades the location of food supplies.
  • The advantage of this is that he does not need to put his gun down to rescue his comrades.
  • He has been branded a traitor by his former comrades.
  • Search for old comrades and post tales and thoughts about that fateful day and its aftermath.
  • Hundreds have joined the army instead, and are now hunting their former comrades.
  • There was no sign of the search party he had hoped his comrades might have sent by now.
  • Four or five of his comrades run the litter to the helicopter and clumsily, frantically, shove him inside.
  • Some confessed that they didn't see the ships themselves, but heard reliable accounts from trustworthy comrades.
British Dictionary definitions for comrades


/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 comrades



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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