com·​pan·​ion·​ship | \ kəm-ˈpan-yən-ˌship How to pronounce companionship (audio) \

Definition of companionship

: the fellowship existing among companions : company

Examples of companionship in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The ongoing pandemic has only exacerbated the difficulty of finding an ideal partner for the purposes of companionship, intimacy, and low-stakes bickering. David Kamp, The New Yorker, 17 Jan. 2022 The study found that more than before, people using dating app platforms are indeed looking for a serious partner, and that after a year-plus of being bubbled up and bored, true companionship is at a premium. Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Dec. 2021 There’s always room for a new take on our all-too-human need for love, or, failing that, companionship, and this one, playing in theaters, is a particularly wise and witty example. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 23 Sep. 2021 The costumes evoke a classic fall–in–New York aesthetic, modeled by a trio of stylish loners who first find solace, then companionship, in true-crime podcasting. Shannon Carlin, Vulture, 17 Sep. 2021 Practicing vulnerability and openness about your experiences leads to deeper conversations and better companionship. Womensmedia, Forbes, 2 Jan. 2022 My read on it was just about an incredible companionship. Carlos Aguilar, New York Times, 17 Dec. 2021 Growing up on a farm in Beardsley, Kansas, with two older sisters, Kompus always had companionship. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 6 Dec. 2021 And companionship doesn’t even have to include conversation to be companionable. Washington Post, 28 June 2021

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First Known Use of companionship

1548, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of companionship was in 1548

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24 Jan 2022

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“Companionship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of companionship

: the good feeling that comes from being with someone else


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