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 fellowship (audio) , -​lō-​ \; fellowshipping also fellowshiping\ ˈfe-​lə-​ˌshi-​piŋ How to pronounce fellowship (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)

Synonyms for fellowship

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of fellowship in a Sentence

Noun 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 With its return after a year filled with grief and uncertainty, the Florida Classic brought back the beloved fellowship that some 50,000 people had been missing. Syreeta Mcfadden, The Atlantic, 23 Nov. 2021 The journey includes learning the league’s organizational structure, brainstorming innovative ways to engage players in campaigns and working to land a job after the fellowship ends. NBC News, 19 Nov. 2021 The team feels incredible when more evidence shows the stone roadway is headed toward the Money Pit; the fellowship potentially faces a government shutdown after discoveries are found in the swamp. Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2021 For the rest of the episode, the Station 19 fellowship tried to process Dean’s death. Kate Aurthur, Variety, 11 Nov. 2021 Now, rodríguez has joined Field as the new leadership investment program officer, in charge of the Leaders award program, as well as the nonprofit’s fellowship for graduate students. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, 5 Nov. 2021 Professional fellowship is essential to the collaboration of a team! Expert Panel®, Forbes, 20 Oct. 2021 Antrim’s appeal to readers is a call for fellowship, and for embracing suicide’s contradictions. Anna Altman, The New Republic, 11 Nov. 2021 His financial disclosures show the fellowship paid more than $100,000 in a two-year period. Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Digital Grow Groups are made up of five or more people who gather weekly via Zoom to discuss sermons, the bible and just to fellowship and talk about life! Dallas News, 8 Apr. 2021 After the rosary, the guests and dancers fellowship with food and warm drinks. Carmina Tiscareño, Dallas News, 11 Dec. 2020 As a young orthopedic surgeon traveling to fellowship training in Philadelphia, I was stopped by a New Jersey state trooper. WSJ, 8 June 2020

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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


Middle English felaweschipe, going back to Old English fēolagscipe, from fēolaga fellow + -scipe -ship

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“Fellowship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fellowship. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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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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