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

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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 The fellowship that held Chatfield’s players together off the field has reflected in its on-field performances. Marco Cummings, The Denver Post, "Once stranded in Florida by a hurricane, Chatfield storms back as 4A contender," 24 Oct. 2019 Sunrise Rotary inducts two: Janet Newcomer and David Sheldon were officially inducted and warmly welcomed into the fellowship of Medina Sunrise Rotary. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "All good things, like this, must come to an end: Whit & Whimsey," 18 Oct. 2019 The current governors of five states are graduates of just one of Aspen’s programmes – the Rodel fellowship. The Economist, "Inside Aspen: the mountain retreat for the liberal elite," 11 Oct. 2019 Shah Faesal, another politician, was arrested at New Delhi’s international airport, bags checked, boarding pass in hand, heading for a fellowship at Harvard. New York Times, "India’s Move in Kashmir: More Than 2,000 Rounded Up With No Recourse," 23 Aug. 2019 Ito has spoken at the Davos World Economic Forum and hosted Silicon Valley royalty and Hollywood celebrities such as filmmaker J.J. Abrams, who was granted a fellowship at the lab. Michael Levenson, BostonGlobe.com, "Leader of MIT’s Media Lab faces calls to quit over Epstein ties," 23 Aug. 2019 Spicer, for instance, was scrutinized when he was awarded a visiting fellowship at Harvard in 2017. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Spicer on an ABC dancing show? "It's a slap in the face"," 22 Aug. 2019 Kelton applied for a fellowship at the Levy Institute, where many of the early M.M.T. thinkers had gathered. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, "The Economist Who Believes the Government Should Just Print More Money," 20 Aug. 2019 Rios, who had done a fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, checked on Ferguson for several days after the operation. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive.com, "U.S. company pays to send patients to Mexican resort town for much cheaper surgeries," 18 Aug. 2019 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


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11 Nov 2019

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The first known use of fellowship was before the 12th century

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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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