compagnon

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French compaignon, from Late Latin compāniō (literally he with whom one shares one's bread) (compare Italian compagnone, Spanish compañón), from com- (with) + pānis (bread), first attested in the Frankish Lex Salica as a calque of a Germanic word represented by Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐌷𐌻𐌰𐌹𐌱𐌰 (gahlaiba, messmate) from 𐌲𐌰- (ga-, with) + 𐌷𐌻𐌰𐌹𐌱𐌰 (hlaiba, bread), Old High German galeipo from ga- (with) + leipo (bread). Compare with the etymologically related terms copain and compagnie. More at co-, loaf.

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Noun[edit]

compagnon m (plural compagnons, feminine compagne)

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

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