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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Bumble, meanwhile, has been looking to expand from dating to friendship and professional connections. Laura Forman, WSJ, 12 May 2022 From that unlikely beginning sprang an unusual friendship and a correspondence that has lasted for decades. Martin Wolk, Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 This comic examination of female friendship and mentorship remains just on the edge of something truly great. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 May 2022 As Oskar learns the sinister truth about his new confidant, a trail of blood soon follows in this story of friendship and fallout. Andrew Walsh,, 5 May 2022 Along with friendship and direct connection to the artists, another key theme is playful subversion. Kate Matthams, Forbes, 3 May 2022 For more on Oprah and Gayle's friendship and interviews with other famous BFFs, please pick up PEOPLE Magazine, on newsstands Friday. Elizabeth Leonard,, 26 Apr. 2022 This show is all about the importance of friendship and support between girls — especially because one of the main characters has cancer. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 22 Apr. 2022 While songs sometimes touched on socio-cultural concerns, much of the music coming out at that time also touched on love, success, friendship and community. Nelson C.j, Billboard, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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18 May 2022

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“Friendship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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