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 for Knights companions
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Companion \Com*pan"ion\ (k[o^]m*p[a^]n"y[u^]n), n. [F.
     compagnon, OF. compaing, fr. an assumed LL. companio (cf.
     companium fellowship, a mess), fr. L. com- + panis bread. See
     Pantry.]
     1. One who accompanies or is in company with another for a
        longer or shorter period, either from choice or casually;
        one who is much in the company of, or is associated with,
        another or others; an associate; a comrade; a consort; a
        partner.
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              The companions of his fall.           --Milton.
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              The companion of fools shall smart for it. --Prov.
                                                    xiii. 20 (Rev.
                                                    Ver.).
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              Here are your sons again; and I must lose
              Two of the sweetest companions in the world. --Shak.
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              A companion is one with whom we share our bread; a
              messmate.                             --Trench.
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     2. A knight of the lowest rank in certain orders; as, a
        companion of the Bath.
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     3. A fellow; -- in contempt. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     4. [Cf. OSp. compa[~n]a an outhouse, office.] (Naut.)
        (a) A skylight on an upper deck with frames and sashes of
            various shapes, to admit light to a cabin or lower
            deck.
        (b) A wooden hood or penthouse covering the companion way;
            a companion hatch.
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     Companion hatch (Naut.), a wooden porch over the entrance
        or staircase of the cabin.
  
     Companion ladder (Naut.), the ladder by which officers
        ascend to, or descend from, the quarter-deck. --Totten.
  
     Companion way (Naut.), a staircase leading to the cabin.
  
     Knights companions, in certain honorary orders, the members
        of the lowest grades as distinguished from knights
        commanders, knights grand cross, and the like.
  
     Syn: Associate; comrade; mate; compeer; partner; ally;
          confederate; coadjutor; accomplice.
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