• Partner



    Late 13c., from Old French parçonneour ("joint heir") from parçon ("partition"), from Latin partitionem ("portion"). The word may also represent Old French part tenour ("part holder").

    Full definition of partner



    (plural partners)
    1. Someone who is associated with another in a common activity or interest.
      1. A member of a business or law partnership
        • 1668 July 3, James Dalrymple, 1st Viscount of Stair, “Thomas Rue contra Andrew Houſtoun” in The Deciſions of the Lords of Council & Seſſion I (Edinburgh, 1683), page 548:He Suſpends on theſe Reaſons, that Thomas Rue had granted a general Diſcharge to Adam Muſhet, who was his Conjunct, and correus debendi, after the alleadged Service, which Diſcharged Muſhet, and conſequently Houstoun his Partner.
      2. A spouse or domestic partner
      3. Someone with whom one dances in a two-person dance.
      4. (nautical) 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.
      5. (Jamaica) A group financial arrangement in which each member contributes a set amount of money over a set period.



    1. to make or be a partner
    2. to work or perform as a partner


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