• One of each halves of a pair of someone or something that belongs together.
  • Someone who is associated with another in a common activity or interest.
  • One of the pieces of wood comprising the framework which strengthens the deck of a wooden ship around the holes through which the mast and other fittings pass.
  • A group financial arrangement in which each member contributes a set amount of money over a set period.


  • To join as a partner.
  • To work or perform as a partner.


  • From Middle English partener, partiner, alteration (due to Middle English part) of Middle English parcener, from Old French parçonier, parçonneour from parçon, from Latin partītiōnem, singular accusative of partītiō. The word may also represent Old French part tenour. Compare also Middle English partifere, partifelewe. parcener.

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