1 [kuhm-pan-yuhn]
a person who is frequently in the company of, associates with, or accompanies another: my son and his two companions.
a person employed to accompany, assist, or live with another in the capacity of a helpful friend.
a mate or match for something: White wine is the usual companion of fish.
a handbook or guide: a bird watcher's companion.
a member of the lowest rank in an order of knighthood or of a grade in an order.
Also called companion star, comes. Astronomy. the fainter of the two stars that constitute a double star. Compare primary ( def 19b ).
Obsolete. a fellow.
verb (used with object)
to be a companion to; accompany.

1250–1300; Middle English compainoun < Anglo-French; Old French compaignon < Late Latin compāniōn- (stem of compāniō) messmate, equivalent to com- com- + pān(is) bread + -iōn- -ion; presumably as translation of a Gmc word; compare Gothic gahlaiba, Old High German galeipo

companionless, adjective
uncompanioned, adjective

1. comrade, partner, mate. See acquaintance. Unabridged


2 [kuhm-pan-yuhn]
noun Nautical.
a covering over the top of a companionway.

1755–65; alteration of Dutch kampanje quarterdeck < French (chambre de la) compagne pantry of a medieval galley Unabridged
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companion1 (kəmˈpænjən)
1.  a person who is an associate of another or others; comrade
2.  (esp formerly) an employee, usually a woman, who provides company for an employer, esp an elderly woman
3.  a.  one of a pair; match
 b.  (as modifier): a companion volume
4.  a guidebook or handbook
5.  a member of the lowest rank of any of certain orders of knighthood
6.  astronomy the fainter of the two components of a double star
7.  (tr) to accompany or be a companion to
[C13: from Late Latin compāniō, literally: one who eats bread with another, from Latin com- with + pānis bread]

companion2 (kəmˈpænjən)
 a.  a raised frame on an upper deck with windows to give light to the deck below
 b.  (as modifier): a companion ladder
[C18: from Dutch kompanje quarterdeck, from Old French compagne, from Old Italian compagna pantry, perhaps ultimately from Latin pānis bread]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. compaignon "fellow, mate," from L.L. companionem (nom. companio), lit. "bread fellow, messmate," from L. com- "with" + panis "bread." Found first in 6c. Frankish Lex Salica, and probably a translation of a Gmc. word (cf. Gothic gahlaiba "messmate," from hlaib "loaf of bread"). Replaced
O.E. gefera "traveling companion," from faran "go, fare." Related: companionable (mid-17c.), companionship (1540s).
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Example sentences
Everyone who has met you, including meal companions and shuttle drivers, will
  be asked to provide feedback to the committee.
It snorts awake and swims off as its companions drift away from us in loose
  pairs and trios.
Faithful companions who help us find our way in the world-and into a trio of
  happy endings.
We show off by noting the interestingness of our companions, the solidity of
  our relationships, the fabulousness of our meals.
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