company NOUN (pl. companies) 1) a commercial business. 2) companionship, especially of a specified kind: she is excellent company. 3) a guest or guests: we're expecting company. 4) a number of people gathered together. 5) a body of soldiers, especially the smallest subdivision of an infantry battalion. 6) a group of actors, singers, or dancers who perform together.
in company with — Cf. ↑in company with
keep someone company — Cf. ↑keep someone company
keep company with — Cf. ↑keep company with
ORIGIN Old French compainie; related to compaignon (see COMPANION(Cf. ↑companionship)).

English terms dictionary. 2015.