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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The friendship between Blake Anderson and Cauthen goes back to their days as young coaches at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens. Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle, "UH defensive coordinator Joe Cauthen mourns passing of Wendy Anderson, wife of Arkansas State coach," 22 Aug. 2019 The competition focuses on camaraderie and friendships between the young girls. Anne Nickoloff,, "FreshWater Cleveland’s La Villa Hispana ‘On the Ground’ series: Nutrition, public safety, education, more," 22 Aug. 2019 Produced by Darren Aronofsky, Brazilian director Paxton Winters is screening Pacified, a story about the friendship between a teenager and a drug trafficker set against the police crackdown on Rio's favelas during the Olympic Games. Jennifer Green, The Hollywood Reporter, "San Sebastian Festival Adds Six Films to Competition," 22 Aug. 2019 The current friendship issue of the magazine is the first time King was also on the cover. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King Try Guessing Today's Slang Words — And It's Hilarious!," 14 Aug. 2019 As usual, Quentin Tarantino draws on a plethora of sources for his new film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, but the central relationship has more than a few parallels with Reynolds and Needham’s friendship. Keith Phipps, The Verge, "Before you see Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, watch Smokey and the Bandit," 26 July 2019 The warm friendship between McCartney and Jackson went helter skelter. Ryan Prior, CNN, "When it comes to losing the rights to her own songs, Taylor Swift is the norm, not the exception," 1 July 2019 The dynamic of my friendship with Anna was beginning to fall into place. Elena Nicolaou,, "What Being Friends With Anna Delvey Was Really Like — Before Getting Scammed," 24 July 2019 Sports Illustrated featured Paul in a June cover story and detailed his rise as a top agent, including the start of his friendship with James in 2002 and his demand last season for the Pelicans to trade Davis. Jenna West,, "Klutch Sports' Rich Paul to Lead Sports Division at United Talent Agency," 17 July 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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The first known use of friendship was before the 12th century

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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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