- a person who is frequently in the company of, associates with, or accompanies another: my son and his two companions.
- a person employed to accompany, assist, or live with another in the capacity of a helpful friend.
- a mate or match for something: White wine is the usual companion of fish.
- a handbook or guide: a bird watcher's companion.
- a member of the lowest rank in an order of knighthood or of a grade in an order.
- Also called companion star, comes. Astronomy. the fainter of the two stars that constitute a double star.Compare primary(def 19b).
- Obsolete. a fellow.
- to be a companion to; accompany.
Origin of companion1
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Origin of companion2
Examples from the Web for companion
We continuously pause to pull them out while Zalwar Khan and his companion smirk at us and chew unbothered.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
He meets his current companion, Sandra Lee, at a party in the Hamptons.Andrew Cuomo Ignores Rural New York
November 8, 2014
The device is plugged into the wall and the companion smartphone app instructs the device when to start recording.The Tracker That Might Actually Help You Sleep Better
October 17, 2014
He declined to give his name and handed me off to his companion, Diana Castillo, a middle-aged woman who told me she was 35.Rand Paul’s Fans Hate His ISIS Plan
September 19, 2014
Should she leave her husband and endure loneliness or tolerate his dalliance and keep a companion for old age?Ian McEwan's New Novel Keeps Life at Arm's Length
September 11, 2014
As Philothea turned towards her companion, she met Aspasia's earnest gaze.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Going back amazed, he asked his companion who the girl he had seen could have been.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
And, of this island realm, he and his companion were the undisputed sovereigns.Brave and Bold
Exclusion was to me starvation, and I eagerly adopted the counsel of my companion.
The man who faced the redhead was as light as his companion was ponderous.Way of the Lawless
- a person who is an associate of another or others; comrade
- (esp formerly) an employee, usually a woman, who provides company for an employer, esp an elderly woman
- one of a pair; match
- (as modifier)a companion volume
- a guidebook or handbook
- a member of the lowest rank of any of certain orders of knighthood
- astronomy the fainter of the two components of a double star
- (tr) to accompany or be a companion to
- a raised frame on an upper deck with windows to give light to the deck below
- (as modifier)a companion ladder
Word Origin and History for companion
c.1300, from Old French compagnon "fellow, mate, friend, partner" (12c.), from Late Latin companionem (nominative companio), literally "bread fellow, messmate," from Latin com- "with" (see com-) + panis "bread" (see food).
Found first in 6c. Frankish Lex Salica, and probably a translation of a Germanic word (cf. Gothic gahlaiba "messmate," from hlaib "loaf of bread"). Replaced Old English gefera "traveling companion," from faran "go, fare."