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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Recent Examples on the Web

The friendship between Geordie and Will is a massive thing. Randy Cordova, azcentral, "'Grantchester' returns for season 4 on PBS with more murders and a mysterious new vicar," 7 July 2019 Their unshakeable friendship was once again on display when the stars of the hit Netflix series turned up at the Season 3 premiere, which took place on Friday, June 28 at Santa Monica High School. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, ""Stranger Things" Cast Attends Season 3 Premiere at Santa Monica High School," 29 June 2019 But friendship is about everyone feeling the same, including a remarkable degree of equality between teachers and students. Titus Techera, National Review, "A Teacher Confronts Reality," 26 June 2019 Khloé replied to a fan on Instagram who comment on a picture of her and her BFF, Malika Haqq, saying that Khloé and Malika's friendship is the only one fans can trust. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Did Khloé Kardashian Just Shade Jordyn Woods in an Instagram Comment?," 23 June 2019 But friendship isn’t always about unconditional support. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Female Friendships Are the Best, Until They Aren't," 20 June 2019 Aubameyang was Arsenal's star player last season, and his friendship with Lacazette was clear for all to see with their innovative celebrations after scoring., "Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Reveals How Alexandre Lacazette Was Crucial to Winning the Golden Boot," 19 June 2019 Game of Thrones might be over, but Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams's friendship definitely is not. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams Reunited for a Girls' Trip and We Have FOMO," 11 June 2019 Despite unstable political conditions in Afghanistan, the film follows men learning to play the cricket and documents their friendships, passion and humour. Philippa Velija, Quartz India, "Why war-torn Afghanistan is now a darling of the cricketing world," 11 June 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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