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godfather; close friend, buddy
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n. Chiefly Southwestern US
A close friend or associate; a companion.

[Spanish, joint father, godfather, friend, from Medieval Latin compater, joint priest, godfather : Latin com-, com- + Latin pater, father; see pəter- in Indo-European roots.]
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(kɒmˈpɑːdreɪ; kəm-)
Southwestern US a male friend
[from Spanish: godfather, from Medieval Latin compater, from Latin com- with + pater father]
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(kəmˈpɑ dreɪ)

n. Chiefly Southwestern U.S.
a friend, companion, or close associate.
[1825–35, Amer.; < American Spanish; Sp: godfather < early Medieval Latin compater; see compère]
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Celestina Yambo (8), una yaucana que llego a Hawai en 1901 recuerda el terror que infundio el huracan San Ciriaco en el corazon de los puertorriquenos: Comadre, le pedi a Dios Cuando el vapor balanceaba Que no nos dejara hundir Para que viera a su ahijada.
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