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

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Looking for that feel-good, take-the-whole-family movie to bundle up and head off to on Christmas Day, still buzzing from all the presents, the fellowship and camaraderie, and the eggnog? Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Should You See Adam McKay’s New Film, Vice?," 20 Dec. 2018 For another century, Black Mormons were unable to enjoy full fellowship and the blessings of the priesthood. Mica Mcgriggs, Teen Vogue, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Celebrated the 40-Year Anniversary of the Lifted Ban Against Black Members," 11 July 2018 Both were devoted to family, friends, and neighbors, both enjoyed the friendly good-fellowship of the Squires Club of West Hartford, and, in their later years, became active members of the Elmwood Senior Center. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Helen A. Calabrese," 11 July 2018 When a graduate student can still depend on a departmental stipend, or institutional fellowship of some sort, the felicities of academia are easier to appreciate in the midst of the adversities. Rachel Vorona Cote, The New Republic, "Volunteers of the Ivory Tower," 1 May 2018 Wrestlers are a fellowship and so many of them have called to cheer him up. Jay Reddick, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Cauliflower Alley Club provides help for pro wrestlers in need," 26 Apr. 2018 Athlon’s game will allow millions of Middle-earth fans throughout the world a unique opportunity for fellowship and epic exploration. Zoe Szathmary, Fox News, "New 'Lord of the Rings' online game in the works, game developer announces," 5 Sep. 2018 Loving Friends is not a grief support group, but a social group of men and women who lost their spouses but want to move on with their lives for fellowship and friendship. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Loving Friends dinner slated for June 19," 13 June 2018 Asked about the timing of Burrus’ selection for the fellowship and her recall and suspension, Capt. Kevin Rector, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore Police commander recalled from elite fellowship, suspended after Sun reveals theft investigation," 5 June 2018

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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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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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