friend·​ship | \ ˈfren(d)-ˌship How to pronounce friendship (audio) \

Definition of friendship

1 : the state of being friends they have a long-standing friendship
2 : the quality or state of being friendly : friendliness the friendship shown him by his coworkers
3 obsolete : aid

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Examples of friendship in a Sentence

a friendship between two countries They have enjoyed many years of friendship. He was encouraged by the friendship his coworkers showed him.
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Hopefully one of the brothers had time to compliment BTS on their Alexander McQueen outfits and new Halsey friendship bracelets! Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "BTS Met the Jonas Brothers in a Boy Band Moment at the Billboard Music Awards 2019," 2 May 2019 Here are Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner's greatest friendship moments. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams' Friendship Is the Only Pure Thing We Have Left," 18 Apr. 2019 Chopra’s friendship with the new Duchess of Sussex goes back to 2016, after the two met at the ELLE Women in Television dinner. Dave Quinn,, "Meghan Markle Is 'Doing Amazing' in New Chapter with Prince Harry, Says Pal Priyanka Chopra," 13 July 2018 Game of Thrones may be coming to an end this year, but the off-screen friendship of Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams will definitely live on. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Maisie Williams Jokes About "Game of Thrones" and Friendship With Sophie Turner," 7 Apr. 2019 In 1924, Van Alen walked out, ending the practice and the friendship forever. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "A Friendship Turned to Rivalry. A Feud That Changed the New York Skyline.," 27 Mar. 2019 The core difference is that Bumblebee strips out much of the franchise’s wannabe macho excess, replacing it with a Spielbergian story about the friendship that forms between a robotic alien and a teenage girl. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Bumblebee proves Transformers movies can actually be resonant and emotional," 20 Dec. 2018 Dafoe will play Kaasen in this tale of an unlikely friendship between man and dog Tom Flynn wrote the script for the project, which is being produced by Kim Zubick. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "Willem Dafoe to Star in Disney Adventure Movie 'Togo' (Exclusive)," 12 July 2018 The friendship between Tua and McKenzie goes back to grade school when both were on the same Pop Warner team. Mike Bianchi,, "UCF's McKenzie Milton, Bama's Tua Tagovailoa are Polynesian pals we could all learn from," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of friendship

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

History and Etymology for friendship

see friend entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of friendship

: the state of being friends : the relationship between friends
: a friendly feeling or attitude : kindness or help given to someone


friend·​ship | \ ˈfrend-ˌship How to pronounce friendship (audio) \

Kids Definition of friendship

1 : the state of being friends
2 : a warm and kind feeling or attitude

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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