com·​pan·​ion·​ship kəm-ˈpan-yən-ˌship How to pronounce companionship (audio)
: the fellowship existing among companions : company

Examples of companionship in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Enter Turner and 22 women with a median age of 67, all of whom have one goal: companionship. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 21 Sep. 2023 In a hallway off the living room, the gentle curves of a spiral staircase with oak treads and railings stand in companionship with a workstation/homework spot with upper and lower bookshelves. John R. Ellement,, 13 Sep. 2023 Because they were bred for companionship, Italian greyhounds often make strong connections to their owners and will rarely leave their sides. Nicole Letts, Southern Living, 15 Sep. 2023 This particular breakdown will kick off an emotional arc that sees Daryl at his most lost, scrounging for companionship and someone to guide him. Daniel Dockery, Vulture, 7 Sep. 2023 For some people, podcasts offer constant companionship. Tatum Hunter, Washington Post, 28 Aug. 2023 Pets Can Build Self-Esteem A 2017 literature review on children and pets found that having companionship through a pet friend can help kids build self-esteem. Bill Strickland, Parents, 9 Aug. 2023 The moons clash with Venus increases your need for affection and companionship. USA TODAY, 2 Aug. 2023 In the early days of the pandemic, with people spending more time at home, many turned to animals for companionship and comfort — the ASPCA found in 2021 that about 31 million households got a dog or cat in the months after March 2020. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 18 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1548, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of companionship was in 1548

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Cite this Entry

“Companionship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


com·​pan·​ion·​ship kəm-ˈpan-yən-ˌship How to pronounce companionship (audio)
: the good feeling that comes from being with someone else
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