Meaning of COMPANY in English

I. ˈkəmp(ə)nē, -ni noun

( -es )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English companie, from Old French compagnie, from compain companion (from Late Latin companio ) + -ie -y — more at companion


a. : the quality or state of being a companion or associate of another : association especially on terms of intimacy : companionship

enjoy a person's company

with only her thoughts for company — Polly Adler

in company with others

b. : persons affording companionship : associates

know a person by the company he keeps

c. : visitors especially to one's house : guests

invite company for dinner


a. : an assemblage or association of persons or things : band , retinue

a great company of priests and monks

a company of ships

the company of sovereign nations

the whole company of thinkers who have written philosophy — W.L.Sullivan

b. : a body of soldiers: as

(1) : a tactical and administrative unit (as of infantry) consisting usually of a headquarters and two or more platoons — compare battery , troop

(2) : a unit that is normally a fifth part of a battle group

c. : a band of musical or dramatic performers ; especially : an organization of actors and singers producing dramatic or operatic compositions — compare stock company

d. : the officers and men of a ship — usually used in the phrase ship's company

e. : a fire-fighting unit of men and apparatus often designed for a special duty

hose company

ladder company

f. chiefly Britain : a group or flock of widgeon

g. : a local congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses

h. : a unit of girl guides under the leadership of a captain


a. : a chartered commercial organization (as of merchant adventurers) or a trade guild during the medieval period

b. : an association of persons for carrying on a commercial or industrial enterprise or business (as a partnership or stock company) — see private company

c. : those members of a partnership firm whose names do not appear in the firm name

J.J.Smith and Company

— sometimes used of the remaining members of a group represented by one or more named individuals

Caesar, Napoleon, and company

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-es )

Etymology: Middle English companien, from Middle French compagnier, from Old French, from compain companion (from Late Latin companio ) — more at companion

transitive verb

: to accompany or go with : companion

may … fair winds company your safe return — John Masefield

intransitive verb

1. : to keep company : associate on terms of intimacy

those who companied with our Lord in the days of his flesh — J.C.Swaim

2. obsolete : cohabit

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