companionable was our Word of the Day on 02/13/2013. Hear the podcast!
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
Did You Know?
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 14th century ("companion" has been around for at least a century longer). 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.
First Known Use of companionable
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