Date: 1700-1800
Language: Italian
Origin: firma 'signature', from Latin firmare 'to show to be true', from firmus; FIRM2


1 noun
firm1 S1 W1 [countable]
a business or company, especially a small one
electronics/advertising/law etc firm
She works for an electronics firm.
a firm of accountants/solicitors/builders etc
Kevin is with a firm of accountants in Birmingham.
WORD FOCUS: company WORD FOCUS: company
similar words: firm, business

a big company: corporation, multinational, conglomerate

an Internet company: dot-com

a company that is owned by a larger company: subsidiary, affiliate

abbreviations used in company names: Ltd (Limited)
(Public Limited Company) British English, Pty. (Proprietary) used in Australia and South Africa

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