Origin of tovarich
- Russian tovarishch from Old Russian tovarishchĭ sing. of tovarishchi business associates from Old Turkic tavar ishchi businessman, merchant tavar wealth, trade ishchi one who works (from ish work, business)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Russian Ñ‚Ð¾Ð²Ð°Ñ€Ð¸Ñ‰, from Turkic.