a member of a band of mercenary soldiers during the Middle Ages.
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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
(in medieval Europe) a member of a company of mercenary soldiers
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