Meaning of comrade in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkɒmreɪd/

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  • 1(among men) a colleague or a fellow member of an organization.

    ‘an old college comrade’
    • ‘The characters are old college comrades who have been there for each other through everything - or so they thought.’
    • ‘Since those heady days, the trade union has seen a sharp decline in popularity and membership as well as bitter divisions among former friends and comrades.’
    • ‘The AGM commenced with a minute's silence as a mark of respect to former members, family members and comrades who had passed away during the previous year.’
    • ‘I search the faces thinking to see dad among his comrades.’
    • ‘Among former comrades of mine, I am glad to see the return of Phil Woolas, David Miliband and John Mann.’
    • ‘It is about time my colleagues and comrades in the media caught up.’
    • ‘Colleagues and comrades over the years were in a jubilant mood at the party anxiously awaiting presentations.’
    • ‘In doing so I've made some wonderful new friends, discovered new comrades and rediscovered old ones.’
    • ‘That is the venue for tomorrow night's amazing reunion, when 85-year-old Arne will see his old comrade and friend Arthur again for the first time in nearly six decades.’
    • ‘In this case, a trip to Oregon was organized for my fellow comrades and me, in order for our swift rehabilitation to commence.’
    • ‘I'm meeting old comrades tonight, and tomorrow.’
    • ‘Instead of losing money, power and influence yesterday, Ireland won friends, allies and comrades but not too many tourists.’
    • ‘He retired from that job some years past, but his old comrades from the council showed up in large numbers to his funeral to say their last goodbyes.’
    • ‘I don't care if I never read any of them again, they're old comrades and I like to have them around.’
    • ‘For the players, it was a golden opportunity to catch up with their old comrades - and one they are keen to repeat in the future.’
    • ‘She helps an old comrade of her father who runs a bare little-frequented cafeteria and at the end of the day scurries home with bread and milk.’
    • ‘An old comrade of his at that stage of his career was Anne Killoran who collected many news items for him as he cut his teeth in the paper trade.’
    • ‘Refreshing in the fact that I saw old school friends, housemates, comrades, and others who I hadn't seen in years.’
    companion, friend
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    1. 1.1A fellow soldier or member of the armed forces.
      ‘Hewett turned and rushed to help his comrade’
      • ‘It is but a matter of time before many more of our fellow Army Reserve comrades-in-arms will be called to replace and augment those who have already answered the call.’
      • ‘Tattoos in the civil wars symbolized allegiance to military commanders and comrades-in-arms rather than to the local community.’
      • ‘The soldier and his comrades-in-arms moved deeper into enemy territory, encapsulated in their tank.’
      • ‘I am always moved by our soldiers' unanimous expressions of dedication, their commitment to service and their desire to return to their units and comrades-in-arms.’
      • ‘Their fellow residents' green camouflage uniforms in the middle of the desert and heel-driving march sets them apart from their Marine comrades-in-arms.’
      • ‘They were built to permanently honor our war dead, whose next-of-kin's decision to inter them overseas alongside comrades-in-arms is respected to this day.’
      • ‘This one soldier's yell to his comrades-in-arms triggered the whole army to increase their fighting vigor.’
      • ‘It gave them a sense of great pride to give something back to their comrades-in-arms.’
      • ‘He then sold out his former comrades-in-arms by accusing them of war crimes as a stepping stone to office.’
      • ‘Unlike his comrades-in-arms from Choshu, Satsuma and other samurai clans, he was not bound to the service of feudal lord and clan.’
      • ‘However, Ryan refuses to leave his comrades-in-arms who were holding a bridge till the main troops arrive.’
      • ‘Although they encountered far too much blood and death for what was considered a properly raised young woman at that time, these nurses persevered and, in doing so, won the respect of their comrades-in-arms.’
      • ‘To his closest comrades-in-arms and to foreign statesmen and diplomats he was a man of few words, reticent, patient and imperturbable, pacing or smoking quietly while he worked his way through a problem.’
      • ‘Instead, he spoke as Marines and soldiers do in the headquarters tent or the barracks, on the battlefield or among comrades.’
      • ‘The second week begins tomorrow, with a party election broadcast portraying the pair as old friends and comrades at arms.’
      • ‘If he has come to battle without a defining belief system, he usually gravitates to the spirituality he finds among his comrades.’
      • ‘Her questions met with blank stares and uneasy glances from her comrades among the crew.’
      • ‘He recounts how he and his comrades were among the last to be evacuated.’
      • ‘And he did, riding into the city on a tank with some of his old Spanish republican comrades on August 25, 1944.’
      • ‘He explains how he laid low for six months after the invasion before contacting old comrades and taking up arms.’
      colleague, associate, companion, partner, comrade, comrade-in-arms, co-worker, fellow, friend
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    2. 1.2A fellow socialist or communist (often as a form of address)
      ‘‘You're right, comrade’’
      • ‘Comrade Petrova’
      • ‘Long before the revolution, he knew what he would do with those of his socialist comrades who opposed him.’
      • ‘A very important privilege, comrades, has been taken away from you.’
      • ‘So, ignore the demands of the tax collectors and steel yourselves against the pleas of the children for new shoes, comrades.’
      • ‘It is also important to acknowledge the key role played by comrades representing Scottish Socialist Youth in assessing the overall impact made by the SSP at the recent ESF.’
      • ‘But then he was betrayed by one of his communist comrades, Stalin.’
      • ‘It misleads good comrades and damages the socialist cause!’
      • ‘The Communist is not a comrade, neither before nor after.’
      • ‘Welcome to the industrial revolution, comrade.’
      • ‘She decides to surrender, to give up the stage and move to California where she will toil with her comrades on a commune in Anaheim.’
      • ‘I knew that Mikhail and Andrei were best friends, comrades.’
      • ‘What is this cult of personality you speak of, comrade?’
      • ‘Accuracy is such a bourgeois conceit, comrade.’
      • ‘If the facts don't fit the program, comrade, then the facts must be mistaken.’
      • ‘I'm often reminded by comrades that the political tasks of the moment involve much more than merely mocking, ridiculing and provoking the Stoppers and associated tendencies.’
      • ‘He was a droopy figure, probably always conscious that he had betrayed his comrades, the revolutionaries.’
      • ‘Today my comrades are protesting outside our local shopping centre.’
      • ‘No comrades, Revolution is made on the streets by the people for the people!’
      • ‘But most did not slander their comrades using language that mirrored Soviet or Vietnamese Communist propaganda.’
      • ‘They invited Amnesty International to consider their plight, claiming their jailed comrades were political prisoners.’
    3. 1.3(in South Africa) a young militant supporter of the African National Congress.
      • ‘I believe our party, ANC, can grow if we take hands and work together, comrades.’


Mid 16th century (originally also camerade): from French camerade, camarade (originally feminine), from Spanish camarada ‘room-mate’, from Latin camera ‘chamber’. Compare with chum.