Definition of comrade in US English:



  • 1A companion who shares one's activities or is a fellow member of an organization.

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


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