Kamerad

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German[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French camarade in the 16th century, ultimately from Latin camera (chamber), from Ancient Greek καμάρα (kamára).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kaməˈʁaːt/
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  • Hyphenation: Ka‧me‧rad
  • Rhymes: -aːt

Noun[edit]

Kamerad m (genitive Kameraden, plural Kameraden)

  1. (military) comrade, a fellow soldier
  2. comrade, a fellow, a companion
  3. (colloquial) a guy, a fellow
  4. (slang) a neo-nazi, a right-wing extremist

Usage notes[edit]

  • Does not carry the association with socialism or communism that 'comrade' has in English. (See Genosse for the German equivalent.)
  • On the contrary, due to its primary usage as a military term, it is used a term of address among right wing groups and can be used as a moniker for their members. However, the association is not inherent to the word itself, which is a neutral term in regular usage, but rather understood from context.
  • Kamerad has historically been used as a truce or surrender word.

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Descendants[edit]

  • Polish: kamrat

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