confrere

confrere

[kon-frair]
noun
a fellow member of a fraternity, profession, etc.; colleague: my confreres in the medical profession.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English < Middle French < Medieval Latin confrāter colleague, equivalent to Latin con- con- + frāter brother

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confrère (ˈkɒnfrɛə)
 
n
a fellow member of a profession, fraternity, etc
 
[C15: from Old French, from Medieval Latin confrāter fellow member, from Latin frāter brother]

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confrere
c.1425, from Fr. confrere (13c.), from M.L. confrater, from con- "together with" + frater "brother" (see brother). Probably lost in later 17c. and reborrowed 19c. from Fr. confrère.
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