[kom-rad, -rid]
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

comradeship, noun
precomradeship, noun

1. crony, fellow, mate. Unabridged
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comrade (ˈkɒmreɪd, -rɪd)
1.  an associate or companion
2.  a fellow member of a political party, esp a fellow Communist or socialist
[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 & History

1590s, from M.Fr. camarade, from Sp. camarada "chamber mate," originally "chamberful," from L. camera (see camera). In Sp., a collective noun referring to one's company. In 17c., sometimes jocularly misspelled comrogue. Related: comradely (1880).
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Example sentences
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.
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