WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
com•pan•ion•way /kəmˈpænyənˌweɪ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Nautical, Naval Termsa stair or ladder within the hull of a vessel.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
com•pan•ion•way  (kəm panyən wā′),USA pronunciation n. [Naut.]
  1. Nautical, Naval Termsa stair or ladder within the hull of a vessel.
  2. Nautical, Naval Termsthe space occupied by this stair or ladder.
  • companion2 + way 1830–40


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

companionway /kəmˈpænjənˌweɪ/ n
  1. a stairway or ladder leading from one deck to another in a boat or ship



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