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companion

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noun, often attributive com·pan·ion \kəm-ˈpan-yən\

Definition of companion

  1. 1 :  one that accompanies another :  comrade, associate <traveling companions>; also :  one that keeps company with another <his longtime companion>

  2. 2 obsolete :  rascal

  3. 3a :  one that is closely connected with something similar <The book is a companion to the television series with the same title.>b :  one employed to live with and serve another <We hired a companion for our elderly mother.>

  4. 4 :  a celestial body that appears close to another but that may or may not be associated with it in space

Origin and Etymology of companion

Middle English compainoun, from Anglo-French cumpaing, cumpaignun, from Late Latin companion-, companio, from Latin com- + panis bread, food — more at food


First Known Use: 14th century


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companion

verb com·pan·ion

Definition of companion

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  accompany <He is companioned on the trip by his wife.>

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to keep company <fellows that he'd companioned with many years ago>

Examples of companion in a sentence

  1. <movie heroes are often companioned by wisecracking sidekicks>

Origin and Etymology of companion

see 1companion


First Known Use: 1737


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companion

noun com·pan·ion

Definition of companion

  1. 1 :  a hood covering at the top of a companionway

  2. 2 :  companionway

Origin and Etymology of companion

by folk etymology from Dutch kampanje poop deck


First Known Use: 1762



COMPANION Defined for Kids

companion

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noun com·pan·ion \kəm-ˈpan-yən\

Definition of companion for Students

  1. 1 :  a person or thing that accompanies another

  2. 2 :  one of a pair of things that go together <The book is the companion to the TV show.>

  3. 3 :  a person employed to live with and assist another



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