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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
comrade in arms
▪ They belonged to every organization, social club, old comrades association, and church for miles around.
▪ Back home in 1960, An was working for Reuters when his old Communist comrades contacted him.
▪ Yrtle and Finreir, two of his old comrades from the Tower of Hoeth agreed to go with him.
▪ Endo-wed with a prodigious memory, he remembered the names of old comrades, or evoked events dating back decades.
▪ That is, they would have the worst jobs, occupying the positions of most danger against their old comrades.
▪ Each year old comrades gather in London for a reunion dinner.
▪ Boris, my old comrade, I can see what you game is.
▪ For example, that was the view that he had expressed to his old wartime comrade Maurice Schumann in February 1958.
▪ He fell asleep among his comrades.
▪ Shots again rang out as the sergeant tried to check on his fallen comrades.
Comrade Yanayev has arrived.
▪ Thirty-five of the Americans killed in the war were accidentally killed by their comrades.
▪ And the same tensions continued after 1975 as southern Communists balked at domination by their northern comrades.
▪ For six months they had seen good comrades die unnecessarily; even their own generals had abandoned them.
▪ I have seen too many dead and wounded comrades to feel otherwise than that the government has not sustained this army.
▪ They belonged to every organization, social club, old comrades association, and church for miles around.
▪ We have even found ourselves teaching a little bit of linguistics, since some of the comrades seemed interested.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Comrade \Com"rade\ (? or ?; 277), n. [Sp. camarada, fr. L. camara, a chamber; hence, a chamber-fellowship, and then a chamber-fellow: cf. F. camarade. Cf. Chamber.] A mate, companion, or associate.

And turned my flying comrades to the charge.
--J. Baillie.

I abjure all roofs, and choose . . . To be a comrade with the wolf and owl.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1590s, "one who shares the same room," from Middle French camarade (16c.), from Spanish camarada "chamber mate," originally "chamberful," from Latin camera (see camera). In Spanish, a collective noun referring to one's company. In 17c., sometimes jocularly misspelled comrogue. Related: Comradely; comradeship.


n. 1 A mate, companion, or associate. 2 A companion in battle; fellow soldier. 3 A fellow socialist, communist or other very politically leftist person, or 4 (non-gloss definition: A title, functionally similar to "Mr.", "Mrs.", "Miss", "Ms." etc, in left-wing circles or in a communist state.) vb. (context transitive English) To associate with in a friendly way.

  1. n. a person who is frequently in the company of another; "drinking companions"; "comrades in arms" [syn: companion, fellow, familiar, associate]

  2. a fellow member of the Communist Party

  3. used as a term of address for those male persons engaged in the same movement; "Greetings, comrade!" [syn: brother]


The term comrade is used to mean "friend", "mate", "colleague", or "ally", and derives from the Iberian Romance language term camarada, literally meaning "chamber mate", from Latin camera "chamber" or "room". A political use of the term was inspired by the French Revolution, after which it grew into a form of address between socialists and workers. Ever since the Russian Revolution, popular media in the Western World have often associated it with Communism.

Comrade (horse)

Comrade (1917–1928) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse who won the first-ever running of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in 1920.

Owned by the Evremond de Saint-Alary whose stable raced in England and France, Comrade was purchased for only 26 guineas. Trained by the renowned British horse trainer Peter Gilpin, Comrade won all three of his races as a two-year-old in 1919. In July 1920 the three-year-old Comrade won the most important race in France at the time, the Grand Prix de Paris. He returned to France in October and was ridden to victory by jockey Frank Bullock in the inaugural running of what is now France's most prestigious race, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, beating the six-year-old King's Cross by a length.

According to France Galop, Comrade was the best middle-distance runner of his generation.

Usage examples of "comrade".

Paks, would carry their fallen comrades to the endless fields of the afterworld, where horses never tire, nor riders fall.

As for Ahl and her comrades, they settled in the sand close to the Taig prisoners.

Wherever the Mafia had grown and prospered since Prohibition, these other savages were there as well, ever clinging to the shadows as the more flamboyant amici filled headlines and mortuaries, lending their advice and financial acumen where it was lacking in their Mafia comrades, Siegel, Buchalter, Cohen, Lansky.

There were also many armed soldiers running, not away from the amphitheater but toward it, to reinforce their comrades inside.

The dead and wounded Ansar toppled back on to their comrades, who were climbing up behind them.

Though somewhat dismayed to find his property located a score of leagues beyond that of his nearest white neighbor, the major was at the same time gratified to discover in that neighbor his old friend and comrade, William Johnson, through whose diplomacy the powerful Iroquois tribes of the Six Nations were allied to the English and kept at peace.

Small numbers of Roman cavalry - not the wild Batavian horsemen of the cohorts or their Gaulish auxiliary comrades - covered the margins, preventing an attack from the rear.

He surrenders his post to a comrade, and crawls down into his bombproof dugout almost reluctantly, for the long day of inactive waiting has commenced.

With Boolean dead and the rest lining up for the slaughter, and with him and his pet and his new comrades and position, things were about as good as they could be.

In the shadow of a neighbouring bush Captain Scraggs babbled of steam beer in the Bowhead saloon, and the commodore, stifling his own agony, watched his comrades until their lips and tongues, parched with thirst, refused longer to produce even a moan, and silence settled over the dismal camp.

Alf Brummel sat at the conference table surrounded by his many comrades and smiling that toothy grin.

The most important group was the PPS, which had stolen every type of official stamp and forged Aryan papers for some of its Bundist comrades.

To resume: the said Carandas was, on his return from Flanders, entertained by his comrade, and by all those by whom he was liked for his jokes, his drollery, and quaint remarks.

Exhausted men staggered to the finish, some dragging or carrying their comrades, determined not to give Castner the satisfaction of seeing a single soldier failing to complete the course.

He was playing for his comrades as he had played at Shiloh, at Chickamauga and many another place in the Southland.