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

Jo was offered a fellowship position in Boston, which means another person might be leaving Meredith behind. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: How Well Do You Remember 'Grey's Anatomy' Season 14?," 27 Sep. 2018 Five more mothers added to an ever-growing fellowship. Helen Ubiñas, Philly.com, "Hope is a great gift for mothers of murder victims, bettered only by deliverance | Helen Ubiñas," 11 May 2018 Shin had met Joseph Gray, who was the CEO of LG Technologies, through The Nest, a church fellowship group. James Vlahos, GQ, "The Mystery of the Killer Vacation," 18 Apr. 2018 The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto has paid for doctors from the Caribbean to come to Canada for fellowships in pediatric hematology-oncology. Lucette Lagnado, WSJ, "Young Cancer Patients in Poor Countries Get a Boost," 26 Sep. 2018 The couple moved to Pittsburgh when Duncan’s wife got a medical fellowship. Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, "‘I was a poser,’ says young man caught with Islamic State propaganda and child porn," 6 July 2018 Debra Walker, a spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Mental Health, said its seven state mental institutions have been able to recruit psychiatrists by working closely with medical school residency and fellowship programs. Andy Marso And Kelsey Ryan, kansascity, "Didn't pass your medical exams? You can still work in Kansas state hospitals | The Kansas City Star," 30 Apr. 2018 But when a classmate mentioned a fellowship at The San Diego Foundation, Hedge switched gears. Lisa Deaderick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Taking care of the environment through her work," 7 Apr. 2018 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

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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