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 Since 2007, Robison and his friends have cooked thousands of meals for noon concert goers, soloists, a harp quartet and vocal ensembles in the church fellowship hall. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "Downtown San Antonio church turns after-concert luncheon into ministry," 12 Nov. 2019 The funeral is planned for New Beginning Christian Ministry, where pastor Sylvester Wilson said the church has a 700-seat sanctuary and can use its fellowship hall as an overflow auditorium. CBS News, "Kamille "Cupcake" McKinney's was asphyxiated, officials say; suspects could face death penalty," 26 Oct. 2019 He then was selected for a prestigious fellowship at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, Scotland. courant.com, "Abdul Khaliq," 30 Sep. 2019 The family will receive guests at a reception following in the church fellowship hall. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 9/22," 22 Sep. 2019 Students who join such organizations may not hold any on-campus leadership position, captain an athletic team, or be recommended for prestigious postgraduate fellowships. Erin Hawley, National Review, "Harvard’s Ban on Single-Sex Organizations Hurts Women," 19 Aug. 2019 Near the end of the night, an excited scream rings out from the fellowship hall as Panic! Delaney Strunk, CNN, "How a diversity prom allows LGBTQ students to be their authentic selves," 23 June 2019 For the yearlong fellowship that Bishop’s in, there’s a deep dive into policy advocacy. Otis R. Taylor Jr., San Francisco Chronicle, "Leadership Academy helps amplify voices for racial justice," 8 Mar. 2018 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 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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The first known use of fellowship was before the 12th century

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25 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Fellowship.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fellowshiped?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=f&file=fellow05. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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