friend·​ship | \ˈfren(d)-ˌship \

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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There’s friendship: Amber befriends the prince’s little sister, who is the requisite wise child that is needed in every cheesy holiday rom-com. Kelsea Stahler, Teen Vogue, "Netflix Original Christmas Movies: A Guide to the Cheesy Holiday Flicks," 11 Dec. 2018 This gem of a book manages to be an anatomy of our frightening digital age, a meditation on friendship, an exploration of the loneliness of military life and a love story—all so effortlessly. WSJ, "Who Read What in 2018: Fiction and Literature," 10 Dec. 2018 Shortly after, Purple Moon, a game company that helped pioneer the genre, launched Rockett’s New School, a computer game that followed a junior high schooler navigating her way through friendships, classes, and general teen-girl drama. Marie Claire, "She's Got Game," 5 Dec. 2018 Carson and Thom sat down with ED to talk design, friendship, and the quest to make America chic again. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Original 'Queer Eye' Stars Reunite For TV's Most Stylish Home Makeover Show," 19 Oct. 2018 Those screens are the gateway to a vast variety of experiences, including friendship, education, bullying, work, violence, entertainment, and information overload. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "What do we actually know about the risks of screen time and digital media?," 17 Oct. 2018 Taylor Swift has built a career on writing deeply personal song lyrics about her relationships, friendships, reputation, and more—but there's one aspect of her personal life she's always kept private: her political opinions. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "Taylor Swift Just Made a Rare Political Statement," 7 Oct. 2018 Each week, the comedy sends Twitter into a flurry of meaningful conversations about love, friendship, and Blackness itself., "Issa Rae Finally Got An Emmy Nod & I Can't Stop Crying," 12 July 2018 Some stans hoped their relationship was a romantic one; there was also some speculation that their friendship was over, which Kloss denied in a Vogue interview. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Karlie Kloss and Josh Kushner’s marriage adds new star power — and weirdness — to the Trump family tree," 19 Oct. 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 \

Kids Definition of friendship

1 : the state of being friends

2 : a warm and kind feeling or attitude

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