companion

1
[ kuhm-pan-yuhn ]
/ kəmˈpæn yən /

noun

verb (used with object)

to be a companion to; accompany.

Origin of companion

1
1250–1300; Middle English compainoun < Anglo-French; Old French compaignon < Late Latin compāniōn- (stem of compāniō) messmate, equivalent to com- com- + pān(is) bread + -iōn- -ion; presumably as translation of a Gmc word; compare Gothic gahlaiba, Old High German galeipo
Related formscom·pan·ion·less, adjectiveun·com·pan·ioned, adjective

Synonym study

1. See acquaintance.

Definition for companion (2 of 2)

companion

2
[ kuh m-pan-yuh n ]
/ kəmˈpæn yən /

noun Nautical.

a covering over the top of a companionway.

Origin of companion

2
1755–65; alteration of Dutch kampanje quarterdeck < French (chambre de la) compagne pantry of a medieval galley
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British Dictionary definitions for companion (1 of 2)

companion

1
/ (kəmˈpænjən) /

noun


verb

(tr) to accompany or be a companion to
Derived Formscompanionless, adjective

Word Origin for companion

C13: from Late Latin compāniō, literally: one who eats bread with another, from Latin com- with + pānis bread

British Dictionary definitions for companion (2 of 2)

companion

2
/ (kəmˈpænjən) /

noun

nautical
  1. a raised frame on an upper deck with windows to give light to the deck below
  2. (as modifier)a companion ladder

Word Origin for companion

C18: from Dutch kompanje quarterdeck, from Old French compagne, from Old Italian compagna pantry, perhaps ultimately from Latin pānis bread
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