- a person who shares or is associated with another in some action or endeavor; sharer; associate.
- a person associated with another or others as a principal or a contributor of capital in a business or a joint venture, usually sharing its risks and profits.
- special partner.
- silent partner.
- a spouse; a husband or a wife.
- the person with whom one cohabits in a romantic relationship: I'd like you to meet my partner, Sarah.
- either of two people who dance together: my favorite partner in the waltz.
- a player on the same side or team as another: My tennis partner was an excellent player.
- partners, Nautical. a framework of timber round a hole in a ship's deck, to support a mast, capstan, pump, etc.
- to associate as a partner or partners with.
- to serve as the partner of.
Origin of partner
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Examples from the Web for partner
That man was Xavier Cortada, a gay man who wrote of his frustration that he and his partner of eight years were unable to marry.Jeb Bush’s Unseen Anti-Gay Marriage Emails
January 9, 2015
Social media forces us to not only be vulnerable for our partner but for the whole world.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating
January 1, 2015
Johnson dashed into the base and called to his partner, 23-year-old Tantania Alexander.'Please Don't Die!': The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops
December 22, 2014
The rate of partner violence dwarfs the number of women who experience sexual assault from a stranger (7%).The Hidden Link Between Women and War
December 3, 2014
We should partner with them to get the message across, have them at the table, and listen rather than preach.The New Face of HIV Is Gay & Young
December 1, 2014
Easy there, partner; don't take both them hands down at once.Way of the Lawless
A partner has the right to draw out any, or all, of the partnership funds.Within the Law
Is Mr. Bellmer handsome—handsome enough to be Nelly's partner?The Bacillus of Beauty
But at the time--you see there was a girl, the daughter of my uncle's partner.The Trail Book
It seems fairly certain also that Heidegger was none too loyal as a partner.Handel
Edward J. Dent
- an ally or companiona partner in crime
- a member of a partnership
- one of a pair of dancers or players on the same side in a gamemy bridge partner
- either member of a couple in a relationship
- to be or cause to be a partner (of)
Word Origin and History for partner
c.1300, altered from parcener (late 13c.), from Old French parçonier "partner, associate; joint owner, joint heir," from parçon "partition, division. portion, share, lot," from Latin partitionem (nominative partitio) "a sharing, partition, division, distribution" (see partition (n.)). Form in English influenced by part (n.). The word also may represent Old French part tenour "part holder."
1610s, transitive, "to make a partner," from partner (n.). Intransitive sense from 1961. Related: Partnered; partnering.