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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Last year, both artists were on Billboard magazine's cover and shared some stories of their friendship. Suzette Fernandez, Billboard, "This Week in Latin Notas: Ozuna's Songs Are Certified in Colombia, Maluma Launches Online Store & More," 11 July 2018 One hundred Spanish-language books were to be delivered Tuesday morning to immigrant families with children detained at the Berks County Residential Facility as an act of friendship, not politics. Oona Goodin-smith,, "Why Philly is a bad place to get bedbugs, ringing in the Fourth with protests and Pitbull | Morning Newsletter," 5 July 2018 Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin have known each other for a long time, and for almost the entirety of their friendship, fans have hoped the two would start dating. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin's Relationship," 14 June 2018 The Fort Bend County Aggie Moms’ Club, an organization of friendship, education, networking and support, recently announced the recipients of the 2018 scholarships and its graduating seniors. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend Aggie Moms’ Club awards scholarships to local Texas A&M students," 13 June 2018 When the future is present, and the present is past, may the light of our friendship burn bright to the last. Jennifer Billock, The Atlantic, "Why Do People Sign Yearbooks?," 3 June 2018 Getting ready with you on that day is one of my fondest memories of our friendship. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Love Letters for Narciso: Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes, and More Pen Odes to the Beloved Designer," 29 May 2018 But the Heat has become a consideration because Anthony is said to like South Florida and the Heat organization and because of his friendship with Heat guard Dwyane Wade, who remains an unsigned free agent. Barry Jackson, miamiherald, "Heat meets with Carmelo Anthony in anticipation of his exit from Oklahoma City," 10 July 2018 The singer proposed to Hailey Baldwin after only a few weeks of dating (but close to a decade of friendship) during a special island engagement moon, and the model is now wearing not one but two rings on her left hand. Brittany Talarico,, "Are Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Married? See the Band She's Wearing with Her Engagement Ring," 9 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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Phrases Related to friendship

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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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a state of commotion or excitement

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