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[pahrt-ner] /ˈpɑrt nər/
a person who shares or is associated with another in some action or endeavor; sharer; associate.
  1. a person associated with another or others as a principal or a contributor of capital in a business or a joint venture, usually sharing its risks and profits.
  2. special partner.
a spouse; a husband or a wife.
the person with whom one cohabits in a romantic relationship:
I'd like you to meet my partner, Sarah.
either of two people who dance together:
my favorite partner in the waltz.
a player on the same side or team as another:
My tennis partner was an excellent player.
partners, Nautical. a framework of timber round a hole in a ship's deck, to support a mast, capstan, pump, etc.
verb (used with object)
to associate as a partner or partners with.
to serve as the partner of.
Origin of partner
1250-1300; Middle English partener, alteration of parcener by association with part
Related forms
partnerless, adjective
nonpartner, noun
underpartner, noun
1. colleague, accessory, accomplice. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for partner
  • For decades, becoming a partner in a law or accounting firm was almost better than getting tenure at a university.
  • She wouldn't get it if you referred to your partner rather than your husband.
  • Crucial advice for future banding participants: before you grab the bird's body, be sure your partner has grabbed the head.
  • The perfect partner for fresh homemade mozzarella is homegrown tomatoes.
  • The group would also need a willing hardware manufacturer to partner up with.
  • When the music stops, the students in the inner ring stand up and rotate to the next partner.
  • If your partner has a strange knack of being able to pick out all the right perfumes, this may not be a good sign at all.
  • The enemy of our enemy may be our new partner in stopping a global health crisis.
  • The article stated it might have been a hunting partner.
  • Her partner fluttered in and landed on a nearby branch.
British Dictionary definitions for partner


an ally or companion: a partner in crime
a member of a partnership
one of a pair of dancers or players on the same side in a game: my bridge partner
either member of a couple in a relationship
to be or cause to be a partner (of)
Derived Forms
partnerless, adjective
Word Origin
C14: variant (influenced by part) of parcener
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Word Origin and History for partner

c.1300, altered from parcener (late 13c.), from Old French parçonier "partner, associate; joint owner, joint heir," from parçon "partition, division. portion, share, lot," from Latin partitionem (nominative partitio) "a sharing, partition, division, distribution" (see partition (n.)). Form in English influenced by part (n.). The word also may represent Old French part tenour "part holder."


1610s, transitive, "to make a partner," from partner (n.). Intransitive sense from 1961. Related: Partnered; partnering.

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