fel·low·ship | \ˈfe-lə-ˌship, -lō-\

Definition of fellowship 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : companionship, company looking for the fellowship of friendly people

2a : community of interest, activity, feeling, or experience their fellowship in crime— A. J. Ayer

b : the state of being a fellow or associate

3 : a company of equals or friends : association a youth fellowship

4 : the quality or state of being comradely meaningful communication for building trust and fellowship

5 obsolete : membership, partnership

6a : the position of a fellow (as of a university) applied for a research fellowship in physics

b : the stipend of a fellow

c : a foundation for the providing of such a stipend


fellowshipped also fellowshiped\ˈfe-lə-ˌshipt, -lō- \; fellowshipping also fellowshiping\ˈfe-lə-ˌshi-piŋ, -lō- \

Definition of fellowship (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to join in fellowship especially with a church member

transitive verb

: to admit to fellowship (as in a church)

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Examples of fellowship in a Sentence


traditions that bind us together in fellowship the new counselor is eager to develop a trustful fellowship with the troubled teens at the center

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Depending on the situation at hand, your doctor may decide to administer what’s called a prophylaxis against Lyme disease, Luis Marcos, M.D., the fellowship program director at Stony Brook Medicine’s division of infectious diseases, tells SELF. Kate Sheridan, SELF, "Here’s Exactly What to Do if a Tick Bites You," 14 July 2018 Trinity University plans to unveil a new fellowship program next year to help local education leaders design new schools in the San Antonio area, the university announced this week. Lauren Caruba, San Antonio Express-News, "Trinity fellowship to foster new schools in San Antonio," 6 July 2018 What bothers me in the current discussion of doctor burnout is the lack of blame being laid on the doorstep of the medical training apparatus — medical schools as well as residency and fellowship programs. Timothy J. Hoff, STAT, "Medical training programs need to care about physician burnout. Should the rest of us?," 21 June 2018 The grant will increase the number of awards Yale University can provide to researchers developing new drugs and other medical technologies, and support the fund’s fellowship program. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "Yale Announces $15M Grant To Expand Medical Innovation Fund," 10 May 2018 This article was written with the support of a journalism fellowship from New America Media, the Gerontological Society of America and the John A. Hartford Foundation. Jeanne Erdmann, chicagotribune.com, "At 100, my mom had dementia and needed hospice care. Getting it was nearly impossible.," 8 May 2018 This article was written with the support of a journalism fellowship from New America Media, the Gerontological Society of America and the John A. Hartford Foundation. Jeanne Erdman, Washington Post, "At 100, my mom had dementia and needed hospice care. Getting it was nearly impossible.," 5 May 2018 Most funding for the fellowships comes from counties such as Alameda, an early partner. Hannah Holzer, sacbee, "California needs more mental health professionals – and the shortage will get worse, experts say," 11 July 2018 Part of the institute’s rigorous learning process, especially in Session One, comes from the fellowship of students who arrive from different points in the U.S. and the rest of the world. Tom Keogh, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Piano Institute draws students from around the world for piano and life lessons," 3 July 2018

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This fellowships will be open to individuals who have completed their Peace Corps commitments and are looking to earn a masters degree in anthropology. Orange County Register, "CSUF in pact with Peace Corps, returning volunteers offered opportunities," 20 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of fellowship


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for fellowship


see fellow

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English Language Learners Definition of fellowship

: a friendly relationship among people

: the relationship of people who share interests or feelings

: a group of people who have similar interests


fel·low·ship | \ˈfe-lō-ˌship \

Kids Definition of fellowship

1 : friendly relationship existing among persons

2 : a group with similar interests

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