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 Built in 1855, the Presbyterian church is a primarily stone building with an area for worship as well as fellowship. Laura Bednar, cleveland, "Independence opens historical homes for holiday tour," 2 Dec. 2019 The more concrete, local and physical a topic is, the more people seem able to forge fellowship around it. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "A 23-year-old book about the internet predicted the web’s worst problems," 15 Oct. 2019 Thanksgiving is a time of food and friends and family and fellowship. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "How to Properly Carve a Turkey Like a Pro," 11 Oct. 2019 And even at elite universities, fewer astrophysics PhDs go on to take postdoctoral fellowships or pursue competitive professorships. Wired, "The Style-Quantifying Astrophysicists of Silicon Valley," 7 Oct. 2019 Looking for a little Friday food, football and fellowship? Jeremy Henderson, al, "Auburn Gameday: Complete fan guide for Auburn vs. Mississippi State," 27 Sep. 2019 Biden might offer not just policy solutions but something like a new American fellowship. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, "Can Joe Biden Remind Democrats What They Saw in Him?," 12 Sep. 2019 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 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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9 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Fellowship.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fellowships. Accessed 9 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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