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-ship

noun suffix

: the state or condition of being something

: the position, status, or duties of something

: skill or ability as someone or something

Full Definition of -SHIP

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:  state :  condition :  quality <friendship>
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:  office :  dignity :  profession <clerkship>
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:  art :  skill <horsemanship>
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:  something showing, exhibiting, or embodying a quality or state <township> <fellowship>
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:  one entitled to a (specified) rank, title, or appellation <his Lordship>
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:  the body of persons participating in a specified activity <readership> <listenership>
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Origin of -SHIP

Middle English, from Old English -scipe; akin to Old High German -scaft -ship, Old English scieppan to shape — more at shape
-SHIP Defined for Kids

-ship

noun suffix \ˌship\

Definition of -SHIP for Kids

1
:  state :  condition :  quality <friendship>
2
:  office :  rank :  profession <authorship>
3
:  skill <penmanship>
4
:  something showing a quality or state of being <championship> <township>
5
:  someone having a specified rank <your Lordship>
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