noun, often attributive com·pa·ny \ ˈkəmp-nē , ˈkəm-pə- \
|Updated on: 12 Aug 2018

Definition of company

plural companies
1 a : association with another : fellowship
  • enjoy a person's company
b : companions, associates
  • know a person by the company she keeps
c : visitors, guests
  • having company for dinner
2 a : a group of persons or things
  • a company of horsemen
b : a body of soldiers; especially : a unit (as of infantry) consisting usually of a headquarters and two or more platoons
c : an organization of performing artists
  • a company of actors
d : the officers and crew of a ship
  • The captain called a meeting of the ship's company.
e : a firefighting unit
  • A hose company was first to arrive at the scene of the fire.
3 a : a chartered commercial organization or medieval trade guild
b : an association of persons for carrying on a commercial or industrial enterprise
  • electric companies
  • a publishing company
c : those members of a partnership firm whose names do not appear in the firm name
  • John Doe and Company

Examples of company in a Sentence

  1. He runs his own trucking company.

  2. She joined the company last year.

  3. The company is based in Paris.

  4. Her dogs are her only company these days.

  5. You can tell a lot about people by the company they keep.

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Origin and Etymology of company

Middle English companie, from cumpaignie, from cumpaing companion — more at companion




Definition of company

companied; companying
: accompany
  • … may … fair winds company your safe return.
  • —John Masefield

Examples of company in a Sentence

  1. in her sermon the minister noted that Jesus had companied with the least privileged and most disadvantaged members of society

  2. may the Good Lord company you on your journey home

Origin and Etymology of company

company Synonyms

COMPANY Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of company for English Language Learners

  • : a business organization that makes, buys, or sells goods or provides services in exchange for money

  • : the state or condition of being with another person

  • : someone or something you spend time with or enjoy being with

COMPANY Defined for Kids


noun com·pa·ny \ ˈkəm-pə-nē , ˈkəmp-nē \

Definition of company for Students

plural companies
1 : an association of persons operating a business
2 : the presence of someone who brings comfort
  • I enjoy your company.
3 : a person or thing someone enjoys being with
  • She's good company.
4 : a person's companions or associates
  • You are known by the company you keep.
5 : guests or visitors especially at a person's home
  • We have company.
6 : a group of persons or things
  • Then the hurrying water … swept all the company of casks and tubs away …
  • —J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
7 : a body of soldiers
8 : a band of musical or dramatic performers
  • an opera company

Law Dictionary


noun com·pa·ny

legal Definition of company

plural companies
: an association of persons for carrying on a commercial or industrial enterprise — compare corporation, partnership
finance company
: a company that makes usually small short-term loans to individuals
growth company
: a company that grows at a greater rate than the economy as a whole and that usually directs a relatively high proportion of income back into the business
holding company
: a company whose sole function is to own and control other companies
investment company
: a company that earns income solely or primarily by holding and investing in securities issued by other companies or by government agencies
joint-stock company
: a business organization whose capital is represented by shares owned by stockholders each of whom is personally liable for the company's debts
limited liability company
: an unincorporated company formed under applicable state statute whose members cannot be held liable for the acts, debts, or obligations of the company and that may elect to be taxed as a partnership
mutual company
: an insurance company whose capital is owned by its policyholders
surety company
: a company that provides surety bonds for a fee
trust company
: a company and often a commercial bank acting as trustee for individuals and businesses and providing related financial or estate planning services

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