Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly Southwestern U.S. A close friend or associate; a companion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A friend or companion.

Etymologies

Spanish, joint father, godfather, friend, from Medieval Latin compater, joint priest, godfather : Latin com-, com- + Latin pater, father; see pəter- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Spanish compadre, joint father, godfather, friend. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And his compadre is none other than Don Quixote, who, lance in hand, stands bravely defying the "Colosos of the North" from his lonely guard post at the northernmost edge of the Bulevard Francisco Villa.

    After All, This Is Mexico

  • My compadre is from Celaya and think that a lot of the citrus based dishes from the Yucatan taste "medio raro".

    Cookbooks

  • From now on I was called compadre by most of the people in the village, and that sacred relationship was established between myself and the baby's family, which is deemed of so much importance in the life of the Mexicans.

    Unknown Mexico, Volume 1 (of 2) A Record of Five Years' Exploration Among the Tribes of the Western Sierra Madre; In the Tierra Caliente of Tepic and Jalisco; and Among the Tarascos of Michoacan

  • “Call your compadre, ” I recommended, “and we’ll go inside and figure this out.”

    The Brush Off

  • Now we see where Vicente Fox, President George W. Bush's "compadre" has verbally stabbed our nation's president in the back, insulting him in so many ways that much as I have been upset with President Bush over so many issues especially his failures to secure our nation's borders and a host of other immigration-related issues, I now find myself almost feeling sorry for President Bush.

    One Old Vet

  • The officer "-- she did not say sergeant --" who commanded the firing squad, he was what is called a compadre of my father -- "

    The Money Master, Volume 1.

  • He plays a US businessman with a heavy gringo accent who claims to be "the owner of Mexico" and Aguirre's "compadre," urging the Mexican people to calm down and stop rebelling every hundred years, and thanking them for sitting in front of the TV during this bicentennial year, for sending their sons and daughters to work as his "illegal slaves" in the North, for putting up with the war on drugs, and for buying all their products from him and for selling their "beaches, mountains and rivers" to his companies.

    The Narco News Bulletin

  • He is a merry compadre, a crazy wisdom ringleader, and a lord of wild misrule.

    The Bushman Way of Tracking God

  • A certain vicious compadre and I once visited a drugstore in the tiny hamlet of (I think) Rosedale, Mississippi, on whose porch Robert Johnson was reputed to have played many a time.

    More nonpolitical fun

  • In any case, one is going to try to do things the way that's most comfortable to them, and -- pay some kind of "import duty", whether it's directly (bread is very expensive, even in gringo ghettos, compared to tortillas) or indirectly (lacking "Familia Net" means NOT having a brother-in-law, whose compadre has the good deal on the used Tsuru -- or even thinking you need a Tsuru rather than ride the bus).

    Cost of living in Mexican cities

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