What does companion mean?

Definitions for companion
kəmˈpæn yəncom·pan·ion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. companion, comrade, fellow, familiar, associatenoun

    a friend who is frequently in the company of another

    "drinking companions"; "comrades in arms"

  2. companion, fellow traveler, fellow travellernoun

    a traveler who accompanies you

  3. companionverb

    one paid to accompany or assist or live with another

  4. company, companion, accompany, keep companyverb

    be a companion to somebody


  1. companionnoun

    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. companionnoun

    A person employed to accompany or travel with another.

  3. companionnoun

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

  4. companionnoun

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

  5. companionnoun

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

  6. companionnoun

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

  7. companionnoun

    A celestial object that is associated with another.

  8. companionverb

    To qualify as a companion; to make equal.

  9. Etymology: 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Companionnoun

    Etymology: compagnon, French.

    How now, my lord, why do you keep alone?
    Of sorriest fancies your companions make? William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Some friend is a companion at the table, and will not continue in the day of thy affliction. Ecclus. vi. 10.

    With anxious doubts, with raging passions torn,
    No sweet companion near, with whom to mourn. Matthew Prior.

    Epaphroditus, my brother and companion in labour, and fellow soldier. Phil. ii. 25.

    I scorn you, scurvy companion! What? you poor, base, rascally, cheating, lack-linnen mate: away, you mouldy rogue, away. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.

    It gives boldness to every petty companion to spread rumours to my defamation, in places where I cannot be present. Walter Raleigh, Essays.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Companionnoun

    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. Companionnoun

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

  3. Companionnoun

    a fellow; -- in contempt

  4. Companionnoun

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

  5. Companionnoun

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

  6. Companionverb

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

  7. Companionverb

    to qualify as a companion; to make equal


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Companion

    kom-pan′yun, n. one who keeps company or frequently associates with another: an associate or partner: a higher rank of servant, who, though receiving pay, stands rather in the relation of a friend: fellow, in a bad sense.—v.t. to accompany.—adj. of the nature of a companion: accompanying.—adjs. Compan′iable (obs.), sociable; Compan′ionable, fit to be a companion: agreeable.—n. Compan′ionableness.—adv. Compan′ionably.—adj. Compan′ioned, having a companion.—ns. Compan′ionhood, Compan′ionary.—adj. Compan′ionless, without a companion.—n. Compan′ionship. [Fr. compagnon, from Low L. companium, a mess—L. com, with, and panis, bread.]

  2. Companion

    kom-pan′yun, n. (naut.) the skylight or window-frame through which light passes to a lower deck or cabin: companion-ladder.—ns. Compan′ion-ladd′er, the ladder or stair leading from the deck to the officers' cabin; Compan′ion-way, a staircase from the deck to a cabin. [Cf. Dut. kompanje; O. Fr. compagne; It. compagne.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. companion

    The framing and sash-lights upon the quarter-deck or round-house, through which light passes to the cabins and decks below; and a sort of wooden hood placed over the entrance or staircase of the master's cabin in small ships. Flush-decked vessels are generally fitted with movable companions, to keep the rain or water from descending, which are unshipped when the capstan is required.

Editors Contribution

  1. companion

    A person we share time with and love their company.

    My dad has a companion, he's like a good friend, they visit places together and love each other's company,

    Submitted by MaryC on April 11, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Companion is ranked #54055 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Companion surname appeared 382 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Companion.

    87.1% or 333 total occurrences were White.
    6% or 23 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    3.6% or 14 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.5% or 6 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of companion in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of companion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of companion in a Sentence

  1. Officer Nick Leschly:

    You really don't need a companion diagnostic. We are seeing comparable anti-tumor activity regardless of the level of BCMA expression.

  2. Henry David Thoreau:

    I have never found a companion so companionable as solitude.

  3. Marty Irby:

    Were thrilled to see a light at the end of the tunnel with Chinas proposal to reclassify dogs as companion animals and bring an end to dog meat trade, these animals are our dutiful companions and not our dinner fare. If COVID19 has taught us anything, its that we can not allow infectious practices such as eating bats, dogs, cats, pangolins, and other exotic creatures to continue not only for the welfare of the animals, but for the heath and safety of the human race and global economy. Its believed that the coronavirus pandemic originated from a wet market in Wuhan, China. Marty Irby added that.

  4. Herbie Calves:

    The physical benefits of dog ownership are often the first that come to mind, but we’ve found the emotional and mental health benefits of having a furry companion are just as impactful, people consider their dogs members of their family and are looking for ways to connect and interact with them on a deeper level.

  5. Chris Hardwick:

    These are very serious allegations and not to be taken lightly which is why I’ve taken the day to consider how to respond, i was heartbroken to read Chloe’s post. Our three year relationship was not perfect—we were ultimately not a good match and argued—even shouted at each other—but I loved her, and did my best to uplift and support her as a partner and companion in any way and at no time did I sexually assault her.

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