verb (used with object)

to associate as a partner or partners with.
to serve as the partner of.

Origin of partner

1250–1300; Middle English partener, alteration of parcener by association with part
Related formspart·ner·less, adjectivenon·part·ner, nounun·der·part·ner, noun

Synonyms for partner Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for partnerless

Historical Examples of partnerless

  • He came across Humphrey, who was partnerless for the moment.

    The Eldest Son

    Archibald Marshall

  • The band struck up; and Roy, partnerless, stood looking on, the film of the East over his face masking the clash of forces within.

    Far to Seek

    Maud Diver

  • Cora was led away, and Dora slipped into the next room, that her mother might not be vexed at her partnerless state.

  • I have almost forgotten how to dance; you had better keep me as a reserve fund for the partnerless and forlorn.

    Ralph Wilton's weird

    Mrs. Alexander

  • That often left Cora partnerless unless she wanted to dance again and again with Raymond.


    Edna Ferber

British Dictionary definitions for partnerless



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)
Derived Formspartnerless, adjective

Word Origin for partner

C14: variant (influenced by part) of parcener
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Word Origin and History for partnerless



1610s, transitive, "to make a partner," from partner (n.). Intransitive sense from 1961. Related: Partnered; partnering.



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."

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