compaignon m (plural compaignons)
- French: compagnon
From Late Latin compāniōne(m) (nominative singular compāniō), literally "he with whom one shares one's bread", from com- + pānis (with + bread), first attested in the Frankish Lex Salica as a translation of a Germanic word, probably Frankish *galaibo, *gahlaibo (“messmate”, literally “with-bread”), from *hlaib (“loaf, bread”). Compare by Gothic gahlaiba "messmate" from ga- + hlaiba (with + bread), Old High German galeipo from ga- + leipo (with + bread). Compare also with the etymologically related term compaignie.