ETYM French compagnie, from Old Fren. compaing. Related to Companion.
1. A social gathering of guests or companions.
2. The state of being with someone; SYN. comradeship, companionship, good fellowship, fellowship, society.
3. An institution created to conduct business.
4. Organization of performers and associated personnel (especially theatrical); SYN. troupe.
5. Small military unit; usually two or three platoons.
6. A unit of firefighters including their equipment.
ETYM From older accrue accession, reënforcement, hence, company, crew; the first syllable being misunderstood as the indefinite article. Related to Accrue, Crescent.
1. The men who man a ship or aircraft.
2. The team of men manning a racing shell.
ETYM Old Eng. garnisoun, French garnison garrison, in Old Fren. and Old Eng. also, provision, munitions, from garnir to garnish. Related to Garnish.
1. A fortified place where troops are stationed; SYN. fort.
2. The troops who maintain and guard a fortified place.