com·​pan·​ion·​way kəm-ˈpan-yən-ˌwā How to pronounce companionway (audio)
: a ship's stairway from one deck to another

Examples of companionway in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After penning several layouts, the team settled on an open-plan interior that sees the aft cabins flow onto the main living section and the chart table tucked behind the companionway. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 23 Aug. 2022 The continuous glass band under the coach roof and glass hatches as well as the companionway door are really well done. Bill Springer, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 The aft-facing companionway doors angle upwards and double as skylights. Bill Springer, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 Scores of men caught in the intricate maze of compartments and companionways belowdecks are trapped and die, many of them needlessly. John McCain, Popular Mechanics, 27 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use

1742, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of companionway was in 1742

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“Companionway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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com·​pan·​ion·​way -ˌwā How to pronounce companionway (audio)
: a ship's stairway from one deck to another
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