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

Definition of companionship

: the fellowship existing among companions : company

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Examples of companionship in a Sentence

the widow's pet cats provided her with her only companionship
Recent Examples on the Web But at the centre of it all are Evered and Ada, sealed in their companionship, making their new life alone. The Economist, "In “The Innocents”, a brother and sister struggle to survive," 28 Nov. 2019 But a family table covered with hand-me-down linens and china should be about the food and the companionship. Beth Thames |, al, "The Butterball Turkey Talk line is now open," 20 Nov. 2019 Deprived of meaningful fraternal companionship, Vuillard fell in with his fellow pupils at the Lycée Condorcet and Académie Julian, including Pierre Bonnard, Maurice Denis, Paul Ranson, François-Xavier Roussel (known as Kerr) and Paul Sérusier. Maxwell Carter, WSJ, "‘Venus Betrayed’ Review: The Intimist," 3 Jan. 2020 The friendship and companionship of being C-3PO has been quite a gift. Washington Post, "Q&A: Anthony Daniels talks long ride as C-3PO in ‘Star Wars’," 20 Dec. 2019 Bit by bit, her servility softens into companionship, and the three women play a merry game of cards. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Fanciful Flamboyance of “The Aeronauts”," 29 Nov. 2019 For the hungry, homeless, financially struggling and those simply craving human companionship, some very generous Central Florida benefactors will try to ensure there is a free meal for all who need or want it this Thanksgiving week. Kate Santich,, "Where to find free turkeys, meals for Thanksgiving in greater Orlando," 22 Nov. 2019 Lucky and Karen shared mutual companionship for 15 years before Lucky passed away., "Karen M. Hudson," 27 Oct. 2019 The scientists then mapped out six brain networks that could be discerned by a dog's behavior, like scent hunting or companionship. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "Centuries of breeding have reshaped dog brains—here’s how," 2 Sep. 2019

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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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22 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Companionship.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of companionship

: the good feeling that comes from being with someone else


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

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to express in a more acceptable way

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