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A staircase leading from a deck to the cabins or area below.
[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.]
(Nautical Terms) a stairway or ladder leading from one deck to another in a boat or ship
a stair or ladder within the hull of a vessel.
companionway- A stairway or ladder from a deck to the cabin below.
See also related terms for stairway.