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From Old Spanish compannero, from companna (company, entourage). Analyzable as compaña (company) +‎ -ero. Compare Portuguese companheiro.


  • IPA(key): /kompaˈɲeɾo/, [kõm.paˈɲe.ɾo]
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compañero m (plural compañeros, feminine compañera, feminine plural compañeras)

  1. companion (someone with whom one spends time or keeps company)
    compañero de viajetravel companion
  2. mate, colleague; (with a qualifier) fellow X, classmate, coworker, etc. (someone with whom something is shared)
    Synonym: (especially a coworker) colega
    compañero de claseclassmate
    compañero de pisoroommate, flatmate
  3. (politics) fellow member of a political group; comrade
  4. teammate (one who is on the same team)
    Synonym: compañero de equipo
  5. mate, partner (matching item in a set)
  6. partner, significant other (especially not a spouse)
  7. (figuratively) companion (a thing or phenomenon that is closely associated with another thing, phenomenon, or person)
  8. friendly term of address; friend, buddy

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The noun compañero is like most Spanish nouns with a human referent. The masculine forms are used when the referent is known to be male, a group of males, a group of mixed or unknown gender, or an individual of unknown or unspecified gender. The feminine forms are used if the referent is known to be female or a group of females.

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