compaignon

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Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French compaignon.

Noun[edit]

compaignon m (plural compaignons)

  1. companion; friend
  2. member
    • 1488, Jean Dupré, Lancelot du Lac, page 18:
      il lui dist qu'il estoit de la maison au roy Artus compaignon de la table ronde
      he told him he was of the house of King Arthur and a member of the round table

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Old French[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin compāniō ‎(literally he with whom one shares one's bread), from com- + pānis (with + bread), first attested in the Frankish Lex Salica as a calque of a Germanic word, probably Frankish *galaibo, *gahlaibo ‎(messmate, literally with-bread), from *hlaib ‎(loaf, bread). Compare Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐌷𐌻𐌰𐌹𐌱𐌰 ‎(gahlaiba, messmate) from 𐌲𐌰- ‎(ga-, with) + 𐌷𐌻𐌰𐌹𐌱𐌰 ‎(hlaiba, bread), Old High German galeipo from ga- ‎(with) + leipo ‎(bread). Compare also with the etymologically related term compaignie.

Noun[edit]

compaignon m ‎(oblique plural compaignons, nominative singular compaing, nominative plural compaignon)

  1. friend
  2. colleague, companion

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