Compagnon
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Compagnon

French

Etymology

From Old French compaignon, from Late Latin comp?ni? (literally "he with whom one shares one's bread") (compare Italian compagnone, Spanish compañón), from com- ("with") + p?nis ("bread"), first attested in the Frankish Lex Salica as a calque of a Germanic word represented by Gothic (gahlaiba, "messmate") from - (ga-, "with") + (hlaifs, "bread"), Old High German galeipo, itself from Proto-Germanic *ga- ("togetherness") + *hlaibaz ("loaf, bread"). Compare with the etymologically related terms copain and compagnie. More at co-, loaf.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /k.pa./
  • (file)

Noun

compagnon m (plural compagnons, feminine compagne)

  1. lifelong partner
  2. companion
  3. friend, buddy, pal

Synonyms

Related terms

Descendants

  • -> Danish: kompagnon
  • -> German: Kompagnon

Further reading


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