a number of individuals assembled or associated together; group of people.
a guest or guests:
We're having company for dinner.
an assemblage of persons for social purposes.
companionship; fellowship; association:
I always enjoy her company.
one's usual companions:
I don't like the company he keeps.
a number of persons united or incorporated for joint action, especially for business:
a publishing company; a dance company.
(initial capital letter)
the members of a firm not specifically named in the firm's title:
George Higgins and Company.
the smallest body of troops, consisting of a headquarters and two or three platoons.
any relatively small group of soldiers.
Army. a basic unit with both tactical and administrative functions.
a unit of firefighters, including their special apparatus:
a hook-and-ladder company.
a medieval trade guild.
the Company, Informal. a nation's major intelligence-gathering and espionage organization, as the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
1200–50; Middle English
< Anglo-French; Old French compaignie
companionship, equivalent to compain
(< Late Latin compāniō;
) + -ie -y3
companyless, adjectiveintercompany, adjective
group, assemblage, body. Company, band, party, troop
refer to a group of people formally or informally associated. Company
is the general word and means any group of people: a company of motorists. Band
used especially of a band of musicians, suggests a relatively small group pursuing the same purpose or sharing a common fate: a concert by a band; a band of survivors. Party
except when used of a political group, usually implies an indefinite and temporary assemblage, as for some common pursuit: a spelunking party. Troop
used specifically of a body of cavalry, usually implies a number of individuals organized as a unit: a troop of cavalry. 3.
gathering, crowd. 6.
firm, house, corporation.