confrere

A confrere is not quite the same as a buddy. It's a fellow worker, a member of your professional group or an esteemed peer.

Think of the noun confrere as a very French sounding way to say "colleague." In fact, frere means "brother" in French, so a confrere is like someone who's a part of your professional brotherhood. Except these days that brotherhood has been expanded to include all of the working women of the world.

Definitions of confrere
  1. noun
    a person who is member of one's class or profession
    synonyms: colleague, fellow
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    type of:
    associate
    a person who joins with others in some activity or endeavor
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