verb (used with object)
Origin of companion1
synonym study for companion
OTHER WORDS FROM companioncom·pan·ion·less, adjective un·com·pan·ioned, adjective
Words nearby companion
Definition for companion (2 of 2)
Origin of companion2
What does companion mean?
A companion is a person who frequently spends time with you, associates with you, or accompanies you when you go places.
Pets are also commonly considered companions.
The word companion implies that you spend a lot of time together. A person you call a companion can be a friend or a romantic partner. A travel companion is someone you travel with.
Companionship is the state of spending time with someone or having someone to spend time with—the state of having a companion or being someone’s companion.
Sometimes, a hired helper is called a companion, especially when they help to take care of an older person.
Companion is sometimes also used to refer to a thing that accompanies or complements something else, such as in the phrase companion piece, which often refers to an artistic work that pairs well with another work. More specifically, a companion refers to a handbook, guidebook, or field guide (the word is especially used in the titles of such books).
In astronomy, companion is used in a more specific way to refer to a companion star—the less bright star in a set of stars called a double star. (The brighter star is called the primary.)
Example: People make fun of older people for using dating sites, but the truth is that a lot of them are just lonely and looking for a companion.
Where does companion come from?
The first records of the word companion come from around 1300. It comes from a Late Latin word meaning “one who eats bread with another,” from the parts com-, “with,” and pānis, “bread.” The word company is based on the same roots.
A companion is someone who you spend time with, who’s often by your side. A companion can be a close friend or someone with whom you share a more intimate relationship, such as a sibling or partner. When people describe themselves as seeking a companion on a dating app, it typically means they’re looking for a romantic partner to spend a lot of time with, especially to enjoy the same activities together. Pets are often called companions since they’re often by our side and keep us company.
When something is called a companion to something else, it typically means the two things go together in some way. A certain book might be called a companion piece to another book when the two have the same themes or are similar in some other way. A certain food or drink can be called a companion to another when the two pair well together.
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What are some other forms related to companion?
- companionship (noun)
- companionless (adjective)
- uncompanioned (adjective)
What are some synonyms for companion?
What are some words that share a root or word element with companion?
What are some words that often get used in discussing companion?
How is companion used in real life?
Companion is often used when talking about human relationships, but it can also be applied to pets and things.
To my best friend and companion. Thanks for the last 24 years. We have been truly blessed. I can't imagine my life without you Nicole. Happy Anniversary my love. pic.twitter.com/ioWsrKlm8E
— Mike Edmo (@EdmoMike) May 25, 2020
— Lonely Planet (@lonelyplanet) May 3, 2020
Been missing my boy something terrible. This was the day I adopted him. He was my constant companion for 13 years and he loved me so much. Had to say goodbye in 2014. Still hurts. pic.twitter.com/yhwXtZFito
— Federico Chispas (@dfsparks) May 4, 2020
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Which of the following people could be considered a companion?
D. all of the above
Example sentences from the Web for companion
We continuously pause to pull them out while Zalwar Khan and his companion smirk at us and chew unbothered.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley |Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman |November 15, 2014 |DAILY BEAST
He meets his current companion, Sandra Lee, at a party in the Hamptons.
The device is plugged into the wall and the companion smartphone app instructs the device when to start recording.The Tracker That Might Actually Help You Sleep Better |DailyBurn |October 17, 2014 |DAILY BEAST
He declined to give his name and handed me off to his companion, Diana Castillo, a middle-aged woman who told me she was 35.
Should she leave her husband and endure loneliness or tolerate his dalliance and keep a companion for old age?
I have chosen Johansen to be my companion, and he is in all respects well qualified for that work.Farthest North |Fridtjof Nansen
But his companion was not thinking of the state of the weather.The Hills of Refuge |Will N. Harben
Then, if you are traveling with a companion, remember that it is better to yield a little than to quarrel a great deal.Across China on Foot |Edwin Dingle
I discoursed (as I suppose) with a certain eloquence; my companion sat listening, breathless.Four Meetings |Henry James
Ah, but there was my sweet little St. Sulpice girl, with her nurse, or companion.
British Dictionary definitions for companion (1 of 2)
- one of a pair; match
- (as modifier)a companion volume
Derived forms of companioncompanionless, adjective
Word Origin for companion
British Dictionary definitions for companion (2 of 2)
- a raised frame on an upper deck with windows to give light to the deck below
- (as modifier)a companion ladder