compaignon m (plural compaignons)
- companion; friend
- 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
- French: compagnon
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.