- 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.
verb (used with object)
Origin of partner
Synonyms for partner
Examples from the Web for partnerless
Historical Examples of partnerless
He came across Humphrey, who was partnerless for the moment.The Eldest Son
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
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
That often left Cora partnerless unless she wanted to dance again and again with Raymond.Gigolo
Word Origin for partner
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."