noun, often attributive com·pa·ny \ˈkəmp-nē, ˈkəm-pə-\

Definition of company



  1. 1 a :  association with another :  fellowship <enjoy a person's company> b :  companions, associates <know a person by the company she keeps> c :  visitors, guests <having company for dinner>

  2. 2 a :  a group of persons or things <a company of horsemen> b :  a body of soldiers; especially :  a unit (as of infantry) consisting usually of a headquarters and two or more platoons c :  an organization of performing artists d :  the officers and crew of a ship e :  a firefighting unit

  3. 3 a :  a chartered commercial organization or medieval trade guild b :  an association of persons for carrying on a commercial or industrial enterprise c :  those members of a partnership firm whose names do not appear in the firm name <John Doe and Company>

Examples of company in a sentence

  1. He runs his own trucking company.

  2. She joined the company last year.

  3. The company is based in Paris.

  4. Her dogs are her only company these days.

  5. You can tell a lot about people by the company they keep.

Origin and Etymology of company

Middle English companie, from cumpaignie, from cumpaing companion — more at companion

First Known Use: 13th century



verb com·pa·ny

Definition of company



  1. transitive verb
  2. :  accompany <may … fair winds company your safe return — John Masefield>

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  associate

Examples of company in a sentence

  1. <in her sermon the minister noted that Jesus had companied with the least privileged and most disadvantaged members of society>

  2. <may the Good Lord company you on your journey home>

14th Century

First Known Use of company

14th century

COMPANY Defined for English Language Learners



noun, often attributive com·pa·ny \ˈkəmp-nē, ˈkəm-pə-\

Definition of company for English Language Learners

  • : a business organization that makes, buys, or sells goods or provides services in exchange for money

  • : the state or condition of being with another person

  • : someone or something you spend time with or enjoy being with

COMPANY Defined for Kids


noun com·pa·ny \ˈkəm-pə-nē, ˈkəmp-nē\

Definition of company for Students



  1. 1 :  an association of persons operating a business

  2. 2 :  the presence of someone who brings comfort <I enjoy your company.>

  3. 3 :  a person or thing someone enjoys being with <She's good company.>

  4. 4 :  a person's companions or associates <You are known by the company you keep.>

  5. 5 :  guests or visitors especially at a person's home <We have company.>

  6. 6 :  a group of persons or things <Then the hurrying water … swept all the company of casks and tubs away … — J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit>

  7. 7 :  a body of soldiers

  8. 8 :  a band of musical or dramatic performers <an opera company>

Law Dictionary


noun com·pa·ny

Legal Definition of company



  1. :  an association of persons for carrying on a commercial or industrial enterprise — compare corporation, partnership finance company :  a company that makes usually small short-term loans to individuals growth company :  a company that grows at a greater rate than the economy as a whole and that usually directs a relatively high proportion of income back into the business holding company :  a company whose sole function is to own and control other companies investment company :  a company that earns income solely or primarily by holding and investing in securities issued by other companies or by government agencies joint–stock company :  a business organization whose capital is represented by shares owned by stockholders each of whom is personally liable for the company's debts limited liability company :  an unincorporated company formed under applicable state statute whose members cannot be held liable for the acts, debts, or obligations of the company and that may elect to be taxed as a partnership mutual company :  an insurance company whose capital is owned by its policyholders surety company :  a company that provides surety bonds for a fee trust company :  a company and often a commercial bank acting as trustee for individuals and businesses and providing related financial or estate planning services

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