Companion definition

kəm-pănyən
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To be a companion to; accompany.
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A person employed to assist, live with, or travel with another.
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A friend, acquaintance, or partner; someone with whom one spends time or keeps company.

His dog has been his trusted companion for the last five years.

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(figuratively) A thing or phenomenon that is closely associated with another thing, phenomenon, or person.
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A person who accompanies or associates with another; a comrade.
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A person employed to live or travel with another.
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(dated) A person employed to accompany or travel with another.
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(nautical) The framework on the quarterdeck of a sailing ship through which daylight entered the cabins below.
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(nautical) The covering of a hatchway on an upper deck which leads to the companionway; the stairs themselves.
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(topology) A knot in whose neighborhood another, specified knot meets every meridian disk.
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(astronomy) A celestial object that is associated with another.
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One of a pair or set of things; a mate.
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A member of the lowest rank in an order of knighthood.
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A domestic partner.
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A companionway.
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A knight of the lowest rank in certain orders.

A companion of the Bath.

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(obs.) A scoundrel.
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A handbook on a specific subject.

A companion to French literature.

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A pet, esp. one toward which one feels companionship.
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To accompany.
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The covering at the head of a companionway.
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(obsolete) To be a companion to; to attend on; to accompany.

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(obsolete) To qualify as a companion; to make equal.
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A person who associates with or accompanies another or others; associate; comrade.
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Either of two persons not married to each other but otherwise in an intimate, spouse-like relationship: often, specif., used when the persons are of the same sex.
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A thing that matches another in sort, color, etc.; one of a pair or set.
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The definition of a companion is a partner to, friend who accompanies, mate or someone hired to help another.

An example of companion is a husband to his wife.

An example of companion is an assistant living with a disabled person.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
companion
Plural:
companions

Origin of companion

  • Middle English compaignyon from Old French compaignon from Vulgar Latin compāniō *compāniōn- Latin com- com- Latin pānis bread pā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English companion, from Old French compaignon (“companion”) (modern French compagnon), from Late Latin compāniōn- (nominative singular compāniō, whence French copain), from com- +‎ pānis (literally, with + bread), a word first attested in the Frankish Lex Salica as a translation of a Germanic word, probably Frankish *galaibo, *gahlaibo (“messmate”, literally “with-bread”), from *hlaib (“loaf, bread”). Compare also Old High German galeipo (“messmate”), Gothic (gahlaiba, “messmate”), Old Armenian ընկեր (ənker, “friend”, literally “messmate”). More at co-, loaf.

    From Wiktionary