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 Calhoun, 42, has been an emergency doctor with UC Health for nine years and before that served a fellowship at UC in emergency medicine. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Coronavirus in Ohio: Meet UC Health doctor on front line of hospital response to COVID-19," 26 Mar. 2020 Gannett is funding a fellowship at the center for expanded coverage of agribusiness and its impact on communities. USA Today, "Midwest farmers face a crisis. Hundreds are dying by suicide.," 9 Mar. 2020 Langston Hughes and photographer Roy DeCarava created their monumental collaboration, Sweet Flypaper of Life (1955), with funding from a Guggenheim fellowship for which Bearden served as a recommender. Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, The New York Review of Books, "Romare Bearden: Assembling America," 28 Jan. 2020 Editor's note : Reporting for this story was assisted by a fellowship with the Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources . Acacia Johnson, National Geographic, "Alaska is the best place to see wild bears. A new mine could change that.," 14 Jan. 2020 However, a similar bio, on the website of the think tank New America, where Chang once held a fellowship, was not. Reis Thebault, Anchorage Daily News, "State Department official accused of inflating résumé and faking Time cover has resigned," 19 Nov. 2019 The narrator, Adam Gordon, is a young American in Madrid on a poetry fellowship. Elaine Blair, The New York Review of Books, "Learning to Fight," 28 Jan. 2020 Buy Now: $12, amazon.com Rome and a Villa, Eleanor Clark (1952) Clark came to Rome on a Guggenheim fellowship to write a novel. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 87 Greatest Travel Books of All Time, According to Authors," 8 Jan. 2020 The fellowship has a record for cultivating some of the best journalistic talent in the United States, as evidenced from our distinguished alumni. John Hirschauer, National Review, "Jingle, Jingle for the Future of Conservative Journalism," 19 Dec. 2019

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

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31 Mar 2020

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