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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Synonyms for fellowship

Synonyms: Noun

communion, rapport, rapprochement

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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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Part of my fellowship is to diversify the collection, bring more artists of color in and more women artists in. Sadé Carpenter, RedEye Chicago, "'In Their Own Form' photography exhibition spotlights vision of Afrofuturism," 11 June 2018 His advanced training includes an adult hip and knee reconstruction fellowship at the Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. miamiherald, "Senior hires and promotions in South Florida for the week of June 4, 2018," 4 June 2018 The winners will receive $2,500 for winning the award, sponsored by the fellowship at Marquette University in Milwaukee. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "IndyStar journalists who helped put Larry Nassar in jail win major journalism award," 29 Mar. 2018 Lawrence, who served a fellowship at ESPN, said in the lawsuit that she was subjected to unwelcome advances from anchor John Buccigross. CBS News, "Ex-ESPN on-air personality says in lawsuit male employees openly watched porn at work," 6 Mar. 2018 This summer marks his second time participating in the fellowship program, having first performed with TMF in 2016. Lawrence Elizabeth Knox, Houston Chronicle, "A ‘Cosmic Evening’ with tomorrow’s stars at Texas Music Festival," 6 June 2018 The tradition began in 2007, shortly after the congregation was formed by local families interested in volunteer service and uniting in Muslim fellowship, according to organizer and La Cañada resident Levent Akbarut. Sara Cardine, latimes.com, "Islamic Congregation of LCF to celebrate interfaith fellowship at annual Ramadan potluck," 17 May 2018 But there is comfort and joy in the fellowship of praying together—making the practice a social event as well as a spiritual one. Katie Jackson, Fox News, "What is a house blessing and should you have one?," 1 Mar. 2017 The school also angered liberals by offering fellowships to former Trump administration officials. Laura Krantz, BostonGlobe.com, "Lawrence Bacow promises a more outward-looking Harvard," 1 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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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