[kuh m-pan-yuh n-wey]

noun Nautical.

a stair or ladder within the hull of a vessel.
the space occupied by this stair or ladder.

Origin of companionway

First recorded in 1830–40; companion2 + way1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for companionway

escalator, staircase, stair

Examples from the Web for companionway

Historical Examples of companionway

  • Behind her she heard the commotion of many men descending the companionway.

    The Monster Men

    Edgar Rice Burroughs

  • The American arrived at the head of the companionway at a critical juncture.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • And he left me hastily, taking the steps of the companionway two at a time.

    Vampires of Space

    Sewell Peaslee Wright

  • I hugged the babe and scrambled up the companionway to the deck.

    Hidden Hand

    Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth

  • He had reached the foot of the companionway when he turned back.

    The Harbor of Doubt

    Frank Williams

British Dictionary definitions for companionway



a stairway or ladder leading from one deck to another in a boat or ship
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