Definition of companion noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kəmˈpæniən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈpæniən//
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  1. 1a person or an animal that travels with you or spends a lot of time with you travelling companions Geoff was my companion on the journey. (figurative) Fear was the hostages' constant companion.
  2. 2a person who has similar tastes, interests, etc. to your own and whose company you enjoy She was a charming dinner companion. His younger brother is not much of a companion for him. They're drinking companions (= they go out drinking together). Wordfinderacquaintance, bond, buddy, companion, comrade, friend, mate, neighbour, platonic, playmate See related entries: Friends
  3. 3a person who shares in your work, pleasures, sadness, etc. We became companions in misfortune.
  4. 4 a person, usually a woman, employed to live with and help somebody, especially somebody old or ill/sick
  5. 5one of a pair of things that go together or can be used together A companion volume is soon to be published.
  6. 6used in book titles to describe a book giving useful facts and information on a particular subject A Companion to French Literature
  7. see also boon companion
    Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French compaignon, literally ‘one who breaks bread with another’, based on Latin com- ‘together with’ + panis ‘bread’.Extra examples Fear was her constant companion. He was an entertaining dinner companion. She lived in the house as a companion to our grandmother. Fear was the hostages’ constant companion. Jeff was my companion on the journey. They’re drinking companions.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: companion