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  • 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.
  • (dated) a person employed to accompany or travel with another
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



Com*pan"ion (?), n. [F. compagnon, OF. compaing, fr. an assumed LL. companio (cf. companium fellowship, a mess), fr. L. com- + panis bread. See Pantry.] 1. 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.

The companions of his fall.
Milton.

The companion of fools shall smart for it.
Prov. xiii. 20 (Rev. Ver.).

Here are your sons again; and I must lose
Two of the sweetest companions in the world.
Shak.

A companion is one with whom we share our bread; a messmate.
Trench.

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

3. A fellow; -- in contempt. [Obs.] Shak.

4. [Cf. OSp. compaña an outhouse, office.] (Naut.) (a) A skylight on an upper deck with frames and sashes of various shapes, to admit light to a cabin or lower deck. (b) A wooden hood or penthouse covering the companion way; a companion hatch.

Companion hatch(Naut.), a wooden porch over the entrance or staircase of the cabin. -- Companion ladder(Naut.), the ladder by which officers ascend to, or descend from, the quarter- deck.Totten. -- Companion way(Naut.), a staircase leading to the cabin. -- Knights companions, in certain honorary orders, the members of the lowest grades as distinguished from knights commanders, knights grand cross, and the like.

Syn. -- Associate; comrade; mate; compeer; partner; ally; confederate; coadjutor; accomplice.

Com*pan"ion, v. t. 1. To be a companion to; to attend on; to accompany. [R.] Ruskin.

2. To qualify as a companion; to make equal. [Obs.]

Companion me with my mistress.
Shak.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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