Inflected Form(s): plural -nies
Usage: often attributiveEtymology: Middle English companie, from cumpaignie, from cumpaing companion
1 a : association with another : Fellowship
Do you ever have company? How would you define company? When I was growing up, we had company almost every Sunday.
We had a big dining room table. Everyone sat around the table and extra chairs were brought in from throughout the house. The children usually sat at a separate table called appropriately the children’s table.
Company these days consists of family visits from children, grandchildren, and siblings and we usually serve buffet style. People scatter from the kitchen to the den to the living room or we all go out to eat. Does family count as company? I am pondering the question about whether it is correct in this day and age to invite company. How well should you know people before inviting them to be dinner guests in your home?
Also, remember when company used to drop by unannounced? My grandmother got up every single day with meal preparations on her mind and she was always cooking just in case someone dropped by. Whew, that wouldn’t go well in this day and time. I do try to keep the living room tidy just in case.
Now, just what is this about? My sister emailed me that she is having company this weekend and needs a couple of recipes. She wondered if any bloggers have recommendations of tried and true meals they would be willing to share. Thanks in advance if you do.
(My sister made a simple inquiry and I, as usual, took the long way around.)