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 Here’s a truth about Shadow and Bone that is never really explored in the text: Alina and Mal each suffered an unimaginable trauma as children, and their friendship was a means of surviving it. Devon Maloney, Vulture, "Shadow and Bone," 24 Apr. 2021 Now, Greenberg is a pariah, and their friendship, for Gaetz, is a liability. Orlando Sentinel Podcasts,, "PODCAST: Matt Gaetz and Joel Greenberg — A political friendship | Ep. 2," 23 Apr. 2021 Our friendship was real and he will be deeply missed. Andrea Towers,, "Rusty Young, frontman for country-rock band Poco, dies at 75," 16 Apr. 2021 Our friendship was real and he will be deeply missed. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Rusty Young, a founding member of the country rock band Poco, dies at 75," 16 Apr. 2021 Our friendship was real and he will be deeply missed. NBC News, "Rusty Young, co-founder and longtime frontman of Poco, dies at 75," 15 Apr. 2021 The family said that Evans was proud of his work and that his friendship with colleagues near the north barricade of the Capitol complex was one of the best parts of it. Mary Clare Jalonick And Kevin Freking, Star Tribune, "Biden eulogizes slain officer as Capitol Police mourn again," 13 Apr. 2021 And big friendship, in my humble opinion, is a radical approach to happiness. Laura Zornosa, Los Angeles Times, "The world is reopening and I’m worried. How will I hold on to the friendships I’ve built?," 7 Apr. 2021 In a recent survey, 70 percent of employees said friendship at their job is the most important element of a happy work life. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, "You Might Not Realize How Much You Miss the Office," 1 Apr. 2021

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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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6 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Friendship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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