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noun
  1. a member of a band of mercenary soldiers during the Middle Ages.

Origin of free companion

First recorded in 1810–20
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  • It was only the free-companion who was a fit helpmate for Pericles, or capable of sustaining a conversation with Socrates.

    The Truth About Woman

    C. Gasquoine Hartley


British Dictionary definitions for free companion

free companion

noun
  1. (in medieval Europe) a member of a company of mercenary soldiers
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