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companion

noun, often attributive com·pan·ion \ kəm-ˈpan-yən \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

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

transitive verb
: accompany
  • He is companioned on the trip by his wife.
intransitive verb
: 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

companion Synonyms

Synonyms
attend, chaperone (or chaperon), accompany, company, convoy, escort, see, squire
Related Words
walk; associate, consort, pal (around), team (up); defend, guard, protect; bring, conduct, guide, lead, pilot, steer, usher; follow, shadow, tag, tag along, tail; hang (around), hover (over)
Near Antonyms
abandon, desert, ditch, dump, forsake

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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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