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From compaña, from Vulgar Latin compania, from Late Latin compāniō (whence also Spanish compañón, French compagnon, Italian compagnone), from cum + pānis. Compare Portuguese companheiro.


compañero m (plural compañeros, feminine compañera)

  1. comrade.
  2. friend, buddy.
  3. fellow, companion.
  4. colleague.

Usage notes[edit]

In many Spanish-speaking countries the word compañero is used frequently to refer to one someone of an equal status, such as a coworker or classmate. It is often translated in English as comrade.

The noun compañero is like several other 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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