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

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Yet as a recent poll and some corresponding research indicate, there’s something missing for many in this generation: companionship. Brian Resnick, Vox, "22 percent of millennials say they have “no friends”," 1 Aug. 2019 Not just with bonfires, but companionship, rites of passage, sloppy first kisses, maybe a contraband brewski or two. Los Angeles Times, "‘Burning Man in the South Bay’: A crazy beach party aglow with bonfires and tradition," 29 Aug. 2019 Many of the posts display insight into the human-dog relationship and the necessity of companionship, and reveal the deep connections humans develop with their pets. Christen A. Johnson,, "Happy International Dog Day! These local pups will brighten your social feed.," 26 Aug. 2019 For a person who lacks social skills, parasocial relationships can create the illusion of companionship when, in reality, the other person offers them little or nothing in return. Jerome Gence, National Geographic, "Asia’s live-streaming industry promises intimacy. So why are users so lonely?," 31 July 2019 In an effort to eliminate these roadblocks that stand in the way of human-cat companionship, Purina scientists have been researching how to manage cat allergens. Kelli Bender,, "Kitty Cure: New Research Suggests an End to Severe Cat Allergies Could Be in Sight," 17 June 2019 She had been discarded there by her previous owner after nine loyal years of companionship. Daniela Sternitzky-di Napoli, Houston Chronicle, "Houston-native Hilary Duff, her boyfriend adopt adorable older rescue dog," 9 Mar. 2018 But for lonely viewers like Junji, who spends a third of his salary on virtual stickers, the companionship is worth it. Jerome Gence, National Geographic, "Asia’s live-streaming industry promises intimacy. So why are users so lonely?," 31 July 2019 His wife, Katie Ashley, is seeking another $1 million in non-economic damages for her distress and loss of care, comfort and companionship., "Youth pastor who broke neck seeks more than $2 million in damages in suit alleging faulty ‘Bubble Ball’," 25 July 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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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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