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Meaning of COMPANION

Pronunciation:  kum'panyun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  one paid to accompany or assist or live with another
  2. [n]  a person who is frequently in the company of another; "drinking companions"; "comrades in arms"
  3. [n]  a traveler who accompanies you
  4. [v]  be a companion to somebody

COMPANION is a 9 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: accompany, associate, company, comrade, familiar, fellow, fellow traveler, fellow traveller, keep company
 See Also: affiliate, associate, assort, attendant, attender, consort, date, escort, friend, playfellow, playmate, tender, traveler, traveller



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Com*pan"ion\, n. [F. compagnon, OF. compaing, fr. an
    assumed LL. companio (cf. companium fellowship, a mess), fr.
    L. com- + panis bread. See {Pantry}.]
    1. One who accompanies or is in company with another for a
       longer or shorter period, either from choice or casually;
       one who is much in the company of, or is associated with,
       another or others; an associate; a comrade; a consort; a
             The companions of his fall.           --Milton.
             The companion of fools shall smart for it. --Prov.
                                                   xiii. 20 (Rev.
             Here are your sons again; and I must lose Two of the
             sweetest companions in the world.     --Shak.
             A companion is one with whom we share our bread; a
             messmate.                             --Trench.
    2. A knight of the lowest rank in certain orders; as, a
       companion of the Bath.
    3. A fellow; -- in contempt. [Obs.] --Shak.
    4. [Cf. OSp. compa[~n]a an outhouse, office.] (Naut.)
       (a) A skylight on an upper deck with frames and sashes of
           various shapes, to admit light to a cabin or lower
       (b) A wooden hood or penthouse covering the companion way;
           a companion hatch.
    {Companion hatch} (Naut.), a wooden porch over the entrance
       or staircase of the cabin.
    {Companion ladder} (Naut.), the ladder by which officers
       ascend to, or descend from, the quarter-deck. --Totten.
    {Companion way} (Naut.), a staircase leading to the cabin.
    {Knights companions}, in certain honorary orders, the members
       of the lowest grades as distinguished from knights
       commanders, knights grand cross, and the like.
    Syn: Associate; comrade; mate; compeer; partner; ally;
         confederate; coadjutor; accomplice.
  2. \Com*pan"ion\, v. t.
    1. To be a companion to; to attend on; to accompany. [R.]
    2. To qualify as a companion; to make equal. [Obs.]
             Companion me with my mistress.        --Shak.
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