1. The state of being a companion or companions; the act of accompanying; fellowship; companionship; society; friendly intercourse. Shak.
"Evil company doth corrupt good manners. 1 Cor. xv. 33. (Rev. Ver.)." --
"Brethren, farewell: your company along I will not wish. Milton." --
2. A companion or companions.
"To thee and thy company I bid A hearty welcome. Shak." --
3. An assemblage or association of persons, either permanent or transient.
"Thou shalt meet a company of prophets. 1 Sam. x. 5." --
4. Guests or visitors, in distinction from the members of a family; as, to invite company to dine.
5. Society, in general; people assembled for social intercourse.
"Nature has left every man a capacity of being agreeable, though not of shining in company. Swift." --
6. An association of persons for the purpose of carrying on some enterprise or business; a corporation; a firm; as, the East India Company; an insurance company; a joint-stock company.
7. Partners in a firm whose names are not mentioned in its style or title; -- often abbreviated in writing; as, Hottinguer & Co.
8. (Mil.) A subdivision of a regiment of troops under the command of a captain, numbering in the United States (full strength) 100 men.
9. (Naut.) The crew of a ship, including the officers; as, a whole ship's company.
10. The body of actors employed in a theater or in the production of a play.
To keep company with
See under Keep, v. t.
Syn. -- Assemblage; assembly; society; group; circle; crowd; troop; crew; gang; corporation; association; fraternity; guild; partnership; copartnery; union; club; party; gathering.