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 only way to do so in the Injustice universe, was to check in before Superman's fall and before Batman and Superman's friendship was broken. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "Writer Tom Taylor Unveils DC's 'Injustice: Year Zero'," 4 Aug. 2020 Mark Mitchell, a childhood friend of Loggan’s from Milroy, a small town near Rushville, spoke to his memories of a lifetime friendship. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, "'My hero was right here.' Friends, family celebrate 'Mr. North Central,' Paul Loggan," 1 Aug. 2020 From classics by all-time country greats such as Dolly Parton, George Strait, and Johnny Cash to the more recent sounds of artists such as Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift, country music always knows how to tell a tale about friendship. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "35 Fun and Sentimental Country Songs about Friends," 26 July 2020 In the first extract, Meghan's friendship with Kate Middleton is touched upon. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton's "Distant Politeness" Was Indicative of a Larger Issue," 25 July 2020 The two went on to share a decades-long friendship, and even roomed together. George Steinmetz, National Geographic, "The photograph that shocked a nation," 24 July 2020 There is no getting away from the fact that the narrative surrounding Prince Andrew’s friendship with the late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein has, sadly for Princess Beatrice, characterized much of the discussion around her nuptials. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "There Was No Avoiding the Controversy of Prince Andrew at Princess Beatrice’s Wedding," 19 July 2020 Last year, the ladies talked to EW to celebrate the film's 20th anniversary and spoke about their long friendship, as well as her relationships with Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Phillippe, and other Cruel Intentions castmates. Rachel Yang,, "Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair have a COVID-appropriate Cruel Intentions reunion," 9 July 2020 Both presidents talk about a blossoming friendship that seems to stem from their pursuit of unapologetically nationalist agendas. Washington Post, "Mexico’s López Obrador sees Lincoln Memorial, Juarez statue," 8 July 2020

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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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9 Aug 2020

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“Friendship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce friendship (audio)

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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