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

  • noun One that is united or associated with another or others in an activity or a sphere of common interest, especially.
  • noun A member of a business partnership.
  • noun A spouse.
  • noun A domestic partner.
  • noun A lover.
  • noun Either of two persons dancing together.
  • noun One of a pair or team in a sport or game, such as tennis or bridge.
  • noun Nautical A wooden framework used to strengthen a ship's deck at the point where a mast or other structure passes through it.
  • intransitive verb To become partners or work or associate as partners.
  • intransitive verb To be or make a partner of.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who shares or takes part in anything; a sharer or partaker: as, to be a partner in one's joys and sorrows.
  • noun One who is associated with another or others; an associate.
  • noun One who is associated with another in some game or amusement: One who plays on the same side, as, specifically, in whist. One who dances with another, especially one of the opposite sex.
  • noun One who is associated in marriage with another of the opposite sex; a husband or wife.
  • noun One who is associated with another or others as a principal or the contributor of capital in a business or joint adventure, and usually shares its risks and profits. See partnership.
  • noun pl. Naut., pieces of timber let in between two deck-beams, to form a framing for the support of anything which passes through a vessel's deck, as masts, capstan, or pumps.
  • noun 1 and Friend, Companion, etc. See associate.
  • noun In an involution, the element coupled with a given element.
  • To join; associate as a partner.

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

  • transitive verb obsolete To associate, to join.
  • noun One who has a part in anything with an other; a partaker; an associate; a sharer.
  • noun A husband or a wife.
  • noun Either one of a couple who dance together.
  • noun One who shares as a member of a partnership in the management, or in the gains and losses, of a business.
  • noun (Law) An associate in any business or occupation; a member of a partnership. See Partnership.
  • noun (Naut.) A framework of heavy timber surrounding an opening in a deck, to strengthen it for the support of a mast, pump, capstan, or the like.
  • noun See under Dormant, a.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Someone who is associated with another in a common activity or interest.
  • verb to make or be a partner
  • verb to work or perform as a partner
  • noun One of the pieces of wood comprising the framework which strengthens the deck of a wooden ship around the holes through which the mast and other fittings pass.

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

  • noun a person who is a member of a partnership
  • noun a person's partner in marriage
  • noun an associate in an activity or endeavor or sphere of common interest
  • verb act as a partner
  • verb provide with a partner


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

Middle English partener, alteration (influenced by part, part) of parcener, parcener; see parcener.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Late 13c., from Old French parçonneour ("joint heir") from parçon ("partition"), from Latin partitionem ("portion"). The word may also represent Old French part tenour ("part holder").


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