from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Nautical A staircase leading from a deck to the cabins or area below.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a staircase or ladder from one deck to another on a ship
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a staircase leading to the cabin.
- n. a stairway or ladder that leads from one deck to another on a ship.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The staircase at the entrance to a ship's cabin.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a stairway or ladder that leads from one deck to another on a ship
From companion, framed windows above a hatchway, companionway, probably alteration of obsolete Dutch kompanje, from Old French compagne, steward's cabin, storeroom, from Old Italian (camera della) compagna, (cabin for) provisions, pantry, from Vulgar Latin *compānia, things eaten with bread : Latin com-, com- + Latin pānis, bread; see companion1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
companion + way (Wiktionary)