Definition of comrade in English:



  • 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.’
    • ‘In this case, a trip to Oregon was organized for my fellow comrades and me, in order for our swift rehabilitation to commence.’
    • ‘Instead of losing money, power and influence yesterday, Ireland won friends, allies and comrades but not too many tourists.’
    • ‘Refreshing in the fact that I saw old school friends, housemates, comrades, and others who I hadn't seen in years.’
    • ‘It is about time my colleagues and comrades in the media caught up.’
    • ‘In doing so I've made some wonderful new friends, discovered new comrades and rediscovered old ones.’
    • ‘I'm meeting old comrades tonight, and tomorrow.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Among former comrades of mine, I am glad to see the return of Phil Woolas, David Miliband and John Mann.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I search the faces thinking to see dad among his comrades.’
    • ‘I don't care if I never read any of them again, they're old comrades and I like to have them around.’
    • ‘Colleagues and comrades over the years were in a jubilant mood at the party anxiously awaiting presentations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    companion, friend
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    1. 1.1 A fellow soldier or member of the armed forces.
      ‘Hewett turned and rushed to help his comrade’
      • ‘This one soldier's yell to his comrades-in-arms triggered the whole army to increase their fighting vigor.’
      • ‘Unlike his comrades-in-arms from Choshu, Satsuma and other samurai clans, he was not bound to the service of feudal lord and clan.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It gave them a sense of great pride to give something back to their comrades-in-arms.’
      • ‘He explains how he laid low for six months after the invasion before contacting old comrades and taking up 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Her questions met with blank stares and uneasy glances from her comrades among the crew.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And he did, riding into the city on a tank with some of his old Spanish republican comrades on August 25, 1944.’
      • ‘The soldier and his comrades-in-arms moved deeper into enemy territory, encapsulated in their tank.’
      • ‘Tattoos in the civil wars symbolized allegiance to military commanders and comrades-in-arms rather than to the local community.’
      • ‘He recounts how he and his comrades were among the last to be evacuated.’
      • ‘If he has come to battle without a defining belief system, he usually gravitates to the spirituality he finds among his comrades.’
      • ‘He then sold out his former comrades-in-arms by accusing them of war crimes as a stepping stone to office.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However, Ryan refuses to leave his comrades-in-arms who were holding a bridge till the main troops arrive.’
      • ‘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.’
      colleague, associate, companion, partner, comrade-in-arms, co-worker, fellow, friend
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    2. 1.2 A fellow socialist or communist (often as a form of address)
      ‘‘You're right, comrade’’
      as title ‘Comrade Petrova’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘What is this cult of personality you speak of, comrade?’
      • ‘A very important privilege, comrades, has been taken away from you.’
      • ‘If the facts don't fit the program, comrade, then the facts must be mistaken.’
      • ‘It misleads good comrades and damages the socialist cause!’
      • ‘But most did not slander their comrades using language that mirrored Soviet or Vietnamese Communist propaganda.’
      • ‘Today my comrades are protesting outside our local shopping centre.’
      • ‘But then he was betrayed by one of his communist comrades, Stalin.’
      • ‘I knew that Mikhail and Andrei were best friends, comrades.’
      • ‘The Communist is not a comrade, neither before nor after.’
      • ‘Long before the revolution, he knew what he would do with those of his socialist comrades who opposed him.’
      • ‘He and his racial comrades fight against their noxious enemies: communists, journalists, and the political police.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘No comrades, Revolution is made on the streets by the people for the people!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So, ignore the demands of the tax collectors and steel yourselves against the pleas of the children for new shoes, comrades.’
      • ‘Welcome to the industrial revolution, comrade.’
      • ‘He was a droopy figure, probably always conscious that he had betrayed his comrades, the revolutionaries.’
      • ‘They invited Amnesty International to consider their plight, claiming their jailed comrades were political prisoners.’
      • ‘Accuracy is such a bourgeois conceit, comrade.’
    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.