April 23, 2013
camaraderie (noun)
\kahm-RAH-duh-ree\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: good feeling existing between comrades : a feeling of good friendship among the people in a group
How do you use it?
Doing something as a group—such as playing on a team or working on a theater production—can give the people who participate a real sense of camaraderie.
Are you a word wiz?

English speakers borrowed "camaraderie" from another language. Which of the following do you think it is?

Both "camaraderie" and "comrade" (meaning "a close friend" or "companion") come originally from the French word "camarade," meaning "comrade," or earlier, "roommate." When we used "camarade" for "comrade" way back in the 1500s we made our word look more like an English word by spelling it with an "o" and dropping the second "a," but when we borrowed "camaraderie" in the mid-1800s we kept the French spelling—mostly. In the late 1800s an alternate spelling that looks much more like an English word started to be used too: "comradery." Both are acceptable now.
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