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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Meanwhile, the president has continued to emphasize the importance of retaining strong ties with Saudi Arabia since Khashoggi’s murder, praising Riyadh’s friendship and repeatedly denying MBS had any role in the journalist’s demise. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Tariff Man versus the Dow," 5 Dec. 2018 Longtime friends and collaborators, Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal co-wrote and star in this timely and wildly entertaining story about friendship and the intersection of race and class set against the backdrop of Oakland., "‘Blindspotting’," 2 July 2018 Michelle Obama had seemingly struck up a strange-bedfellows’ friendship with the Bushes at a variety of events that brought presidents and wives together. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "All Five Living First Ladies Speak Out Against Family Separations at U.S. Border," 18 June 2018 Day was asked about his friendship with Woods on Tuesday and told a good story. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "Jason Day recently mocked Tiger Woods about his 'MC Hammer pants' via text message," 13 June 2018 The prospect of losing your friendship (or other consequences) may only make your friend feel more isolated, trapped, misunderstood, and powerless. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "5 Helpful Things to Say to a Friend Who Self-Harms (and 3 to Avoid)," 1 Mar. 2019 The warmest moment was friendship, a very peculiar kind which is stronger than family ties. Maria Danilova, The Seattle Times, "Russian novel tells story of survival, love in Stalin’s camp," 14 Jan. 2019 The novel touches upon themes of friendship, growth, and mental health, all while following Aza as she and a friend search for a missing billionaire involved in a fraud scandal. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Hannah Marks to Direct Film Adaptation of John Green's "Turtles All the Way Down"," 13 Jan. 2019 That is, until Shelly falls in love with Lee’s older brother, and their friendship is forever changed. Alexis Jones And Deanna Janes, Harper's BAZAAR, "21 Rom-Coms to Stream on Netflix this Valentine's Day," 13 Feb. 2019

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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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