from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A group of persons.
  • noun One's companions or associates.
  • noun A guest or guests.
  • noun The state of friendly companionship; fellowship.
  • noun A business enterprise; a firm.
  • noun A partner or partners not specifically named in a firm's title.
  • noun A troupe of dramatic or musical performers.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A unit of firefighters.
  • noun A ship's crew and officers.
  • intransitive verb To accompany or associate with.
  • intransitive verb To keep company with someone; associate.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Friendship; an act pertaining to or befitting a friend or companion.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Consort of persons one with another; companionship; fellowship; association: as, to fall into company with a stranger.
  • noun An assemblage or consociation of persons or, rarely, of animals; any associated or related aggregate, indefinitely.
  • noun A body of persons associated for friendly intercourse, conversation, or pleasure: as, a small company to dinner.
  • noun A number of persons united for performing or carrying on anything jointly: as, a company of players; an insurance company; the East India Company.
  • noun 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.
  • noun More specifically, in London, an ancient guild or incorporation of trade: as, “high in office in the Goldsmiths' company,”
  • noun 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.
  • noun Nautical: The crew of a ship, including the officers.
  • noun A fleet.
  • noun A number or collection of things.
  • noun to accompany; attend; go with.
  • noun To accompany; attend; associate with; remain with for companionship.
  • noun To associate with as a lover or suitor.
  • noun To frequent the society of as a suitor or sweetheart: as, to keep company with a girl.
  • noun Synonyms Assembly, collection, group, gathering, crowd, band, horde, crew, gang, troop.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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


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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