fellowship

noun
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

fellowship

verb
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

communion, rapport, rapprochement

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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

Never before have so many voices of this unfortunate fellowship been collected in one place. Margaret Lazarus Dean, Popular Mechanics, "The Oral History of the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster," 28 Jan. 2019 When worship and assembly were banned, the church resisted and provided a place of fellowship and sanctuary. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Charleston church memorial unveiled in honor of the Emanuel Nine and survivors," 16 July 2018 Lawrence is a lawyer who joined ESPN as a legal analyst in 2015 as part of a fellowship program. A.j. Perez, USA TODAY, "Lawsuit: ESPN's Chris Berman left 'racially disparaging' voicemail for Jemele Hill," 5 Mar. 2018 His philanthropy included establishing schools for girls in Egypt and founding the Fund for Teachers, which provides fellowships. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Raymond Plank’s Tax-Sheltering Savvy Led Him to Build a Global Oil Company," 16 Nov. 2018 Scholarship recipients will also benefit from a summer bridge program, peer mentoring, research fellowships, scientific conferences and career development opportunities. Karen Farkas, cleveland.com, "John Carroll University to join college entrepreneurship network," 12 Mar. 2018 Meanwhile, those same cities have booming evangelical fellowships, traditional Catholic gatherings, Korean congregations, Spanish-language flocks and swelling numbers of Lubavitch Jews. WSJ, "What to Do With Empty Churches," 31 Jan. 2019 Unlike the three-year residency programs that doctors must generally complete after medical school in order to practice medicine, nurse practitioner residency programs, sometimes called fellowships, are completely voluntary. Michelle Andrews, Washington Post, "More Nurse Practitioners Now Pursue Residency Programs To Hone Skills," 9 July 2018 The Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship, the only fellowship for documentary film editors in the United States, is helping the cause of creating equal opportunity in the film industry with its new Diversity in the Edit Room program. Peter Keough, BostonGlobe.com, "DocTalk: Danger and diversity in the spotlight," 10 May 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

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for fellowship

Noun

see fellow

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

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fellowship

noun

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

fellowship

noun
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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