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[n] one paid to accompany or assist or live with another
[n] a person who is frequently in the company of another; "drinking companions"; "comrades in arms"
[n] a traveler who accompanies you
[v] be a companion to somebody

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\Com*pan"ion\, n. [F. compagnon, OF. compaing, fr. an assumed LL. companio (cf. companium fellowship, a mess), fr. L. com- + panis bread. See {Pantry}.]
1. One who accompanies or is in company with another for a longer or shorter period, either from choice or casually; one who is much in the company of, or is associated with, another or others; an associate; a comrade; a consort; a partner. The companions of his fall. --Milton. The companion of fools shall smart for it. --Prov. xiii. 20 (Rev. Ver.). Here are your sons again; and I must lose Two of the sweetest companions in the world. --Shak. A companion is one with whom we share our bread; a messmate. --Trench.
2. A knight of the lowest rank in certain orders; as, a companion of the Bath.
3. A fellow; -- in contempt. [Obs.] --Shak.
4. [Cf. OSp. compa[~n]a an outhouse, office.] (Naut.) (a) A skylight on an upper deck with frames and sashes of various shapes, to admit light to a cabin or lower deck. (b) A wooden hood or penthouse covering the companion way; a companion hatch. {Companion hatch} (Naut.), a wooden porch over the entrance or staircase of the cabin. {Companion ladder} (Naut.), the ladder by which officers ascend to, or descend from, the quarter-deck. --Totten. {Companion way} (Naut.), a staircase leading to the cabin. {Knights companions}, in certain honorary orders, the members of the lowest grades as distinguished from knights commanders, knights grand cross, and the like. Syn: Associate; comrade; mate; compeer; partner; ally; confederate; coadjutor; accomplice.
\Com*pan"ion\, v. t.
1. To be a companion to; to attend on; to accompany. [R.] --Ruskin.
2. To qualify as a companion; to make equal. [Obs.] Companion me with my mistress. --Shak.

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