Pronunciation: (kum-pan'yun), [key]
1. a person who is frequently in the company of, associates with, or accompanies another: my son and his two companions.
2. a person employed to accompany, assist, or live with another in the capacity of a helpful friend.
3. a mate or match for something: White wine is the usual companion of fish.
4. a handbook or guide: a bird watcher's companion.
5. a member of the lowest rank in an order of knighthood or of a grade in an order.
6. Also called companion star, comes. Astron.the fainter of the two stars that constitute a double star. Cf. primary (def. 19b).
7. Obs.a fellow.

to be a companion to; accompany.


Pronunciation: (kum-pan'yun), [key]
n. Naut.
1. a covering over the top of a companionway.
2. a companionway.

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