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companion

noun, often attributive com·pan·ion \ kəm-ˈpan-yən \
|Updated on: 1 May 2018

Definition of companion

plural companions
1 : one that accompanies another : comrade, associate
  • traveling companions
; also : one that keeps company with another
  • his longtime companion
2 obsolete : rascal
3 a : 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 : a celestial body that appears close to another but that may or may not be associated with it in space
5 : a book, manual, etc., that provides information or advice about a particular subject
  • a companion to French New Wave cinema
used in titles
  • The Gardener's Companion

History of companion

You may be a companion to someone without eating with that person, but etymologically you are sharing a meal with them. The word companion ultimately comes from the Latin com- (“with”) and panis (“bread, food”). The ingestible aspect of this word is reminiscent of symposium, which may be traced to the Greek word sympinein, meaning “to drink together.” But just as you may be a companion to someone without eating, you may also attend a symposium without drinking.

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


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companion

verb

Definition of companion

companioned; companioning; companions
: accompany
  • He is companioned on the trip by his wife.
: 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


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companion

noun

Definition of companion

1 : a hood covering at the top of a companionway

Origin and Etymology of companion

by folk etymology from Dutch kampanje poop deck



COMPANION Defined for Kids

companion

noun com·pan·ion \ kəm-ˈpan-yən \

Definition of companion for Students

1 : a person or thing that accompanies another
2 : one of a pair of things that go together
  • The book is the companion to the TV show.
3 : a person employed to live with and assist another


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