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[kuh m-pah-drey] /kəmˈpɑ dreɪ/

noun, Chiefly Southwestern U.S.
a friend, companion, or close associate.
/kɒmˈpɑːdreɪ; kəm-/
(Southwestern US) a masculine friend

“companion,” 1834, American English, from Spanish compadre “godfather,” hence “benefactor, friend,” from Medieval Latin compater, from com- “with” (see com-) + pater “father” (see father (n.). Cf. compere, also gossip (n.).


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