confrère noun a fellow member of one's profession, etc; a colleague http://www.chambersharrap.co.uk/chambers/feat...
New Shorter OED also just has it with an accent.American dictionaries:
Main Entry: con·frere
Variant(s): also con·frère \ˈkän-ˌfrer, kōⁿ-ˌ, kän-ˈ, kōⁿ-ˈ, kən-ˈ\
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, translation of Medieval Latin confrater
Date: 15th century
: colleague, comrade http://www.merriam-webster.com/
NOUN: A fellow member of a fraternity or profession; a colleague.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language
con·frere /ˈkɒnfrɛər/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[kon-frair] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
–noun a fellow member of a fraternity, profession, etc.; colleague: my confreres in the medical profession.
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At Father Kilmartin's death the book was left unfinished (a sign of the times: not in manuscript, but on his laptop); and the arduous but also extremely delicate task of putting it into publishable condition was carried out by his Jesuit confrere, Robert J. Daly.
-- Jaroslav Pelikan, "The Eucharist as Puzzle", Commonweal, May 7, 1999
The reason for this was that our government, out of the weaknesses Kissinger himself describes, was treating that adversary as a confrere whose hideous character flaws could not be discussed.
-- Gabriel Schoenfeld, "Was Kissinger Right?", Commentary, May 1999
Baudelaire knew that this brave defense of the much derided middle class, offered without a touch of sarcasm, put him at odds with his confreres; to them, after all,"that inoffensive being" the bourgeois,"who would like nothing better than to love good painting," had long been anathema.
-- Peter Gay, Pleasure Warshttp://dictionary.reference.com/wordoftheday/...