Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A group of persons. See Synonyms at band2.
  • n. One's companions or associates: moved in fast company; is known by the company she keeps.
  • n. A guest or guests: had company for the weekend.
  • n. The state of friendly companionship; fellowship: was grateful for her company; friends who finally parted company.
  • n. A business enterprise; a firm.
  • n. A partner or partners not specifically named in a firm's title: Lee Rogers and Company.
  • n. A troupe of dramatic or musical performers: a repertory company.
  • n. A subdivision of a military regiment or battalion that constitutes the lowest administrative unit. It is usually under the command of a captain and is made up of at least two platoons.
  • n. A unit of firefighters.
  • n. A ship's crew and officers. See Usage Note at collective noun.
  • transitive v. To accompany or associate with.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A group of individuals with a common purpose.
  • n. An entity that manufactures or sells products (also known as goods), or provides services as a commercial venture. A corporation.
  • n. Any business, without respect to incorporation.
  • n. Social visitors.
  • n. companionship.
  • n. A unit of approximately sixty to one hundred and twenty soldiers, typically consisting of two or three platoons and forming part of a battalion.
  • n. A unit of firefighters and their equipment.
  • n. The entire crew of a ship.
  • n. Nickname for an intelligence service.
  • v. To accompany, keep company with.
  • v. To associate.
  • v. To be a lively, cheerful companion.
  • v. To have sexual intercourse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being a companion or companions; the act of accompanying; fellowship; companionship; society; friendly intercourse.
  • n. A companion or companions.
  • n. An assemblage or association of persons, either permanent or transient.
  • n. Guests or visitors, in distinction from the members of a family.
  • n. Society, in general; people assembled for social intercourse.
  • n. An association of persons for the purpose of carrying on some enterprise or business; a corporation; a firm.
  • n. Partners in a firm whose names are not mentioned in its style or title; -- often abbreviated in writing.
  • n. A subdivision of a regiment of troops under the command of a captain, numbering in the United States (full strength) 100 men.
  • n. The crew of a ship, including the officers.
  • n. The body of actors employed in a theater or in the production of a play.
  • intransitive v. To associate.
  • intransitive v. To be a gay companion.
  • intransitive v. To have sexual commerce.
  • transitive v. To accompany or go with; to be companion to.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To accompany; attend; go with; be companion to.
  • To associate; join.
  • To live in company; associate; consort or keep company.
  • To be a gay companion.
  • To have sexual intercourse.
  • n. Friendship; an act pertaining to or befitting a friend or companion.
  • n. A person or persons conjoined to or associated with another or others in any way; one or more having or coming into companionship with another or others: as, choose your company carefully; to meet company on the road.
  • n. Consort of persons one with another; companionship; fellowship; association: as, to fall into company with a stranger.
  • n. An assemblage or consociation of persons or, rarely, of animals; any associated or related aggregate, indefinitely.
  • n. A body of persons associated for friendly intercourse, conversation, or pleasure: as, a small company to dinner.
  • n. A number of persons united for performing or carrying on anything jointly: as, a company of players; an insurance company; the East India Company.
  • n. A member or the members of a firm so designated without being named in the style or title of the firm: usually abbreviated when written: as, Messrs. Smith & Co.
  • n. More specifically, in London, an ancient guild or incorporation of trade: as, “high in office in the Goldsmiths' company,”
  • n. Milit., a subdivision of an infantry regiment or battalion, corresponding to a troop of cavalry or a battery of artillery, consisting of from 60 to 100 men, and commanded by a captain.
  • n. Nautical: The crew of a ship, including the officers.
  • n. A fleet.
  • n. A number or collection of things.
  • n. to accompany; attend; go with.
  • n. To accompany; attend; associate with; remain with for companionship.
  • n. To associate with as a lover or suitor.
  • n. To frequent the society of as a suitor or sweetheart: as, to keep company with a girl.
  • n. Synonyms Assembly, collection, group, gathering, crowd, band, horde, crew, gang, troop.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a unit of firefighters including their equipment
  • n. a social or business visitor
  • n. a band of people associated temporarily in some activity
  • n. small military unit; usually two or three platoons
  • n. an institution created to conduct business
  • n. a social gathering of guests or companions
  • n. organization of performers and associated personnel (especially theatrical)
  • v. be a companion to somebody
  • n. crew of a ship including the officers; the whole force or personnel of a ship
  • n. the state of being with someone

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English compainie, from Old French compaignie, from Vulgar Latin *compānia, from *compāniō, companion; see companion1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French compaignie ("companionship") (Modern French: compagnie), possibly from Late Latin *compania, but this word is not attested. Old French compaignie is equivalent to Old French compaignon (Modern French: compagnon) + -ie. More at companion.

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