Definitions for companionkəmˈpæn yən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

com•pan•ion*kəmˈpæn yən(n.)

  1. a person who frequently associates with or accompanies another; comrade.

  2. a person in a usu. long-term, intimate relationship with another person; partner.

  3. a person employed to accompany, assist, or live with another as a helper.

  4. a mate or match for something.

  5. a handbook or guide.

  6. a member of the lowest rank in an order of knighthood.

    Category: Western History

  7. the fainter of the two stars that constitute a double star.

    Category: Astronomy

    Ref: Compare primary (def. 15b). 19 2

  8. Obs. a scamp; scoundrel.

  9. (v.t.)to be a companion to.

* Syn: See acquaintance.

Origin of companion:

1250–1300; M < AF; OF compaignon < LL compāniōnem,compāniō messmate <com-+pān(is) bread

com•pan•ionkəmˈpæn yən(n.)

  1. Category: Nautical, Navy

    Ref: companionway.

  2. a covering over the top of a companionway.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

Origin of companion:

1755–65; alter. of D kampanje quarterdeck < F (chambre de la) compagne pantry of a galley

Princeton's WordNet

  1. companion, comrade, fellow, familiar, associate(noun)

    a friend who is frequently in the company of another

    "drinking companions"; "comrades in arms"

  2. companion, fellow traveler, fellow traveller(noun)

    a traveler who accompanies you

  3. companion(verb)

    one paid to accompany or assist or live with another

  4. company, companion, accompany, keep company(verb)

    be a companion to somebody

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. companion(noun)əmˈpæn yən

    sb you spend a lot of time with

    His dog was his constant companion.; my traveling companion

Wiktionary

  1. companion(Noun)

    A friend, acquaintance, or partner; someone with whom one spends time or keeps company

    His dog has been his trusted companion for the last five years.

  2. companion(Noun)

    A person employed to accompany or travel with another.

  3. companion(Noun)

    The framework on the quarterdeck of a sailing ship through which daylight entered the cabins below.

  4. companion(Noun)

    The covering of a hatchway on an upper deck which leads to the companionway; the stairs themselves.

  5. companion(Noun)

    A knot in whose neighborhood another, specified, knot meets every meridian disk.

  6. companion(Noun)

    A thing or phenomenon that is closely associated with another thing, phenomenon, or person.

  7. companion(Noun)

    A celestial object that is associated with another.

  8. companion(Verb)

    To qualify as a companion; to make equal.

  9. Origin: From companion, from compaignon, from (nominative singular companio), from (literally, with + bread), a word first attested in the Lex Salica as a translation of a word, probably Old *, from * + *. Compare also galeipo, 033203300337033B0330033903310330. More at co-, loaf.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Companion(noun)

    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 partner

  2. Companion(noun)

    a knight of the lowest rank in certain orders; as, a companion of the Bath

  3. Companion(noun)

    a fellow; -- in contempt

  4. Companion(noun)

    a skylight on an upper deck with frames and sashes of various shapes, to admit light to a cabin or lower deck

  5. Companion(noun)

    a wooden hood or penthouse covering the companion way; a companion hatch

  6. Companion(verb)

    to be a companion to; to attend on; to accompany

  7. Companion(verb)

    to qualify as a companion; to make equal

Freebase

  1. Companion

    In the long-running BBC television science fiction programme Doctor Who and related works, the term "companion" refers to a character who travels with, or shares the adventures of the Doctor. In most Doctor Who stories, the primary companion acts as an audience surrogate. He or she provides the lens through which the viewer is introduced to the series. The companion character, many times, furthers the story by asking questions and getting into trouble, or by helping, rescuing or challenging the Doctor. This designation is applied to a character by the show's producers, and appears in the BBC's promotional material and off-screen fictional terminology. Until the modern revival of the series in 2005, the term was rarely used on-screen. The Doctor also refers to the show's other leads as his "friends" or "assistants"; the British press have also used the latter term.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'companion' in Nouns Frequency: #1571


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

companion(noun)

a person etc who accompanies another person as a friend etc

She was his constant companion in his childhood.

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