fel·​low·​ship | \ ˈfe-lə-ˌship How to pronounce fellowship (audio) , -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 How to pronounce fellowshiped (audio) , -​lō-​ \; fellowshipping also fellowshiping\ ˈfe-​lə-​ˌshi-​piŋ How to pronounce fellowshiping (audio) , -​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

Soergel is studying aging and workforce issues as part of a 10-month fellowship at The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, which joins NORC's independent research and AP journalism. Andrew Soergel, chicagotribune.com, "Are older workers job hoarding, hurting economy? 44% of young employees say graying workforce is a problem.," 6 June 2019 Tim Diovanni is reporting on classical music as part of a fellowship supported by the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Sweaty fingers, nerves and 6 a.m. Chopin: Behind the scenes at the Cliburn Junior in Dallas," 5 June 2019 Last year, the Ford Foundation responded to the Mellon Foundation’s dismal survey results by launching a diversity initiative that includes fellowships for black curators and curators of color. Anne Branigin, The Root, "Of Art and Plunder: Why Black Curators Are Still Shut Out of the Art World—and Why It Matters," 12 Apr. 2018 Never before have so many voices of this unfortunate fellowship been collected in one place. Margaret Lazarus Dean, Popular Mechanics, "The Oral History of the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster," 28 Jan. 2019 When worship and assembly were banned, the church resisted and provided a place of fellowship and sanctuary. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Charleston church memorial unveiled in honor of the Emanuel Nine and survivors," 16 July 2018 Lawrence is a lawyer who joined ESPN as a legal analyst in 2015 as part of a fellowship program. A.j. Perez, USA TODAY, "Lawsuit: ESPN's Chris Berman left 'racially disparaging' voicemail for Jemele Hill," 5 Mar. 2018 His philanthropy included establishing schools for girls in Egypt and founding the Fund for Teachers, which provides fellowships. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Raymond Plank’s Tax-Sheltering Savvy Led Him to Build a Global Oil Company," 16 Nov. 2018 Scholarship recipients will also benefit from a summer bridge program, peer mentoring, research fellowships, scientific conferences and career development opportunities. Karen Farkas, cleveland.com, "John Carroll University to join college entrepreneurship network," 12 Mar. 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 How to pronounce fellowship (audio) \

Kids Definition of fellowship

1 : friendly relationship existing among persons
2 : a group with similar interests

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