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 couple founded their fellowship by creating a charitable trust of $50 million. Norman Vanamee, Town & Country, "Want to Feel Proud of the U.S.? Meet These 30 New Americans," 13 Nov. 2020 Barbiero said that during her fellowship more than a decade ago, doctors were not taught to provide resuscitation to babies born at less than 24 weeks. Emily Woodruff, NOLA.com, "Tulane's smallest baby, barely 1 pound at birth, heads home after four months in hospital," 3 Oct. 2020 Wilson was a company member of St. Paul's Penumbra, which gave his work its first professional production, has produced his work more often than any theater in the world and, with the University of Minnesota, sponsors a fellowship in his memory. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, "Playwright August Wilson's notes and papers being acquired by U of Pittsburgh," 29 Oct. 2020 While working in a rural outpost in Ethiopia, Nardos was offered a fellowship in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at Oregon Health and Science University. Meghana Keshavan, STAT, "A MacArthur ‘genius’ will likely use his grant to support his wife’s work — in the name of science," 29 Oct. 2020 After all, here is William F. Buckley — the founder of my own magazine and the man for whom my fellowship is named — making a counter-majoritarian argument in defense of an institutionally racist social order. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "Buckley, Calhoun, and I," 28 Oct. 2020 In 2014, during his postdoctoral fellowship at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Dr. Johnson gave a public talk on one of his favorite topics: how copper affects microbes. Katherine J. Wu, New York Times, "Black Microbiologists Push for Visibility Amid a Pandemic," 28 Sep. 2020 The probe by a university committee cited three tweets that were far from outrageous and not cause for ending his fellowship. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "‘Cancel culture’ muffs on Richard Grenell, keeps right ‘to speak his mind’," 25 Aug. 2020 Stanford University, for example, offers its prestigious Stegner fellowship every year for creative writing. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "Why reopening poses a damned if you do, damned if you don't dilemma for colleges," 21 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As a young orthopedic surgeon traveling to fellowship training in Philadelphia, I was stopped by a New Jersey state trooper. WSJ, "Floyd’s Death: Time to Discuss Racial Bias," 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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The first known use of fellowship was before the 12th century

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26 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Fellowship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fellowship. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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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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