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[kon-frair] /ˈkɒn frɛər/
a fellow member of a fraternity, profession, etc.; colleague:
my confreres in the medical profession.
Origin of confrere
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Middle French < Medieval Latin confrāter colleague, equivalent to Latin con- con- + frāter brother Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for confrere
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  • He did not lose himself in idle words, the young 'confrere', any more than in useless details.

    Conscience, Complete Hector Malot
  • It was a magnificent specimen, and exactly like its European confrere.

  • But then Harel himself was an oddity, and he may have felt bowels of compassion for a confrere so original.

    Balzac Frederick Lawton
  • His confrere, who had preceded him here, sat enviously at one of the minor tables.

    Dust of New York Konrad Bercovici
  • It is also written to uphold the reputation of the Western conjuror against the spurious ascendancy held by his Eastern confrere.

    Indian Conjuring L. H. Branson
  • Our confrere Ruhlmann, of the Elektrotechnische Zeitschrift, gives a still more remarkable example yet of such confusion.

  • When Perrotte died he and M. Revault, his confrere, thought the cause of death would be seen as poison in an autopsy.

    She Stands Accused Victor MacClure
  • It was only when the supercargo was planning some especial piece of villainy that he addressed his confrere by his Christian name.

    Tessa Louis Becke
  • Before a 'confrere' she was certain he would not ask her dangerous questions.

    Conscience, Complete Hector Malot
  • The cadaverous one jotted down something in a pocket-book, and exchanged a few words with his confrere.

    A Lively Bit of the Front Percy F. Westerman
British Dictionary definitions for confrere


a fellow member of a profession, fraternity, etc
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from Medieval Latin confrāter fellow member, from Latin frāter brother
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Word Origin and History for confrere

early 15c., from Old French confrere "brother, companion" (13c.), from Medieval Latin confrater, from com- "together, with" (see com-) + frater "brother" (see brother). Probably lost in later 17c. and reborrowed 19c. from French confrère.

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