Definition of companionate in English:


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  • 1 formal (of a marriage or relationship) between partners or spouses as equal companions.

    ‘the ideal of the companionate marriage’
    • ‘Changes in educational and employment patterns have made the companionate marriage between equals more common.’
    • ‘Although the home was patriarchal, by the Victorian era domesticity also entailed a considerable degree of comfort for the middle-class male from his companionate relationship with his wife.’
    • ‘The old hierarchical marriage is giving way to a companionate marriage, especially in the urban middle classes.’
    • ‘These social activities also provided the new social occasions in which husbands and wives shared common social settings and backed the new understanding of a companionate marriage of the couples.’
    • ‘They focus on early twentieth century women adapting to new concepts of companionate marriage and motherhood, as defined by psychology and popular culture rather than religion.’
    1. 1.1(of a person) acting as a companion.



/kəmˈpanyənət/ /kəmˈpænjənət/