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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Someone who is associated with another in a common activity or interest.
  • v. to make or be a partner
  • v. to work or perform as a partner
  • n. 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who has a part in anything with an other; a partaker; an associate; a sharer.
  • n. A husband or a wife.
  • n. Either one of a couple who dance together.
  • n. One who shares as a member of a partnership in the management, or in the gains and losses, of a business.
  • n. An associate in any business or occupation; a member of a partnership. See Partnership.
  • n. 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.
  • transitive v. To associate, to join.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To join; associate as a partner.
  • n. One who shares or takes part in anything; a sharer or partaker: as, to be a partner in one's joys and sorrows.
  • n. One who is associated with another or others; an associate.
  • n. 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.
  • n. One who is associated in marriage with another of the opposite sex; a husband or wife.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 1 and Friend, Companion, etc. See associate.
  • n. In an involution, the element coupled with a given element.

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

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


Middle English partener, alteration (influenced by part, part) of parcener, parcener; see parcener.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"). (Wiktionary)


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