com·​pan·​ion·​able | \kəm-ˈpan-yə-nə-bəl \

Definition of companionable 

: marked by, conducive to, or suggestive of companionship : sociable companionable people companionable laughter

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companionability \kəm-​ˌpan-​yə-​nə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
companionableness noun
companionably \kəm-​ˈpan-​yə-​nə-​blē \ adverb

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A "companionable" person is someone who (etymologically at least) is willing to share bread with you. "Companionable" is the adjective form of "companion," which ultimately derives from a combination of the Latin prefix com-, meaning "with" or "together," and the noun panis, meaning "bread, loaf, or food." "Companionable" first appeared in print in English in the 16th century (companion has been in use since the 14th). Other descendants of "panis" include "pantry" (a place for storing food), "pannier" (a basket such as might carry food), and "panettone" (a kind of yeast bread). Even "food" itself is derived from the same ancient root that gave rise to "panis" in Latin.

Examples of companionable in a Sentence

a companionable pat on the back let me know that my shipmates were now my friends a good club for companionable enthusiasts of the great outdoors

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Now, Toby is designated by his family to move in with Hugo and keep a companionable eye on him. Maureen Corrigan, The Seattle Times, "Fans of Tana French are in for a surprise with ‘The Witch Elm’," 23 Oct. 2018 Hadden-Paton plays Higgins just as Shaw wrote him: vital and appetizing, and attached mainly to his mother—who is fondly wary of him—and his companionable comrade in phonetics, Pickering. Corby Kummer, The Atlantic, "How Do Carousel and My Fair Lady Fare in 2018?," 8 July 2018 Both terribly sad and unexpectedly companionable, this quiet book does just that. Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times, "A gentle, rich tale of friendship and loss," 5 July 2017 An uplifting and companionable fellow traveler for us all. T Magazine, New York Times, "Eight Creative People Recommend Their Favorite Classic Books," 19 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of companionable

1593, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of companionable was in 1593

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