mem·​ber·​ship | \ ˈmem-bər-ˌship How to pronounce membership (audio) \
plural memberships

Definition of membership

1 : the state or status of being a member
2 : the body of members an organization with a large membership
3 mathematics : the relation between an element of a set (see set entry 2 sense 21) or class and the set or class itself — compare inclusion sense 3a

Examples of membership in a Sentence

What is the cost of a one-year membership? Membership in the club doubled last year. clubs that are hoping to increase their membership The club has a large membership. clubs that are hoping to increase their memberships
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Recent Examples on the Web Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Medina County College Corner," 9 Jan. 2020 Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Southeast region community briefs," 16 Dec. 2019 The only requirement for membership is the desire to stop drinking. Maggie Bullock, Marie Claire, "Inside the New Sobriety Movement," 6 Dec. 2019 Go for the Double Down Barrel Society membership for $365 a year. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "6 gifts for beer enthusiasts that they might actually enjoy (no boring pint glasses need apply)," 3 Dec. 2019 Dog owners pay for their pets to access the park, at $8.95 per day, $16.95 per month or $169.50 for a yearly membership in Texas. Josie Sexton, The Know, "Pay to play: This restaurant chain coming to Denver will charge your pup $9 to get into its dog park," 27 Nov. 2019 From November 6 to 11, veterans and active military members can sign up for an Amazon Prime membership for just $79—that’s $40 off the regular annual price. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Home, Tech, and Gear Deals for Veterans," 11 Nov. 2019 If Brexit does occur, Scotland can be expected to hold another referendum on leaving Great Britain, before, presumably, applying for E.U. membership. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "From Little Englanders to Brexiteers," 11 Nov. 2019 However, in 2015, the police department fired two officers for membership in the white supremacy group League of the South. al, "Annexit: How one Alabama city could split in half along racial lines," 20 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of membership

1614, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of membership was in 1614

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13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Membership.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of membership

: the state of belonging to or being a part of a group or an organization : the state of being a member
: all the people or things that belong to or are part of an organization or a group


mem·​ber·​ship | \ ˈmem-bər-ˌship How to pronounce membership (audio) \

Kids Definition of membership

1 : the state or fact of belonging to a group
2 : the whole number of individuals that make up a group The membership voted to increase dues.

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