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Company, noun

In historical contexts. The Company: Elliptical for (the) Dutch East India Company; VOC sense 2; informally called Jan Compagnie, John Company. Also attributive. See also Seventeen.
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Established as a trading company in 1602, the Dutch East India Company was responsible for the first permanent white settlement at the Cape of Good Hope.
1685 J. Tyrell in R. Raven-Hart Cape G.H. 1652–1702 (1971) II. 255They have wine that they make there at 9d a quart the Nearst prise and frute as Quinces plenty and aples Sum Small Quantity in the Companyes Garden, and other frutes.
1987 G. Viney Col. Houses 59In the last days of Company rule official corruption reached a perfectly disgraceful level.
The Company: Elliptical for (the) Dutch East India Company; VOC2; informally called Jan Compagnie, John Company. Also attributive.

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