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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In the year before the match, membership in the U.S. Chess Federation was about 27,000. Peter Nicholas, The Atlantic, "The End of the Golden Era of Chess," 5 Sep. 2019 Corporate and individual memberships are still available for the 2019 season. Staff, al, "Burt, Rawls are Montgomery QB Club players of week," 4 Sep. 2019 Three veterans sat down to speak of their military experiences, but also to comment on the reports that membership in veterans’ organizations is dwindling. Linda Gandee/special To,, "Veterans get together at Bay Village post to remember, socialize and mend fences but numbers are dwindling," 26 Aug. 2019 All over Twitter and Facebook, acolytes of Equinox and SoulCycle vowed to cancel their memberships and leave their athleisure at home. Ryan Kost,, "From SoulCycle to ‘Mulan,’ boycotts abound. But do they work?," 21 Aug. 2019 The move prompted dozens of listeners to cancel their MPR memberships in protest. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "Radio personality Brian Oake no longer on The Current," 17 Aug. 2019 An important note, despite the name, one half the membership and leadership of the MGCSA is women. Calvin Finch,, "It’s time to prep your roses, San Antonio," 16 Aug. 2019 That wasn't enough to quell outrage from Equinox members, with some canceling their membership. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Equinox: Trump fundraiser Stephen Ross doesn't run our company," 15 Aug. 2019 Celebrities and social media users threatened to cancel their memberships to Equinox Fitness Club and its indoor-cycling subsidiary SoulCycle after Ross agreed to host a fund-raiser for Trump at his Southampton home. Justin Sink,, "Trump raises $12 million across pair of Hamptons events," 12 Aug. 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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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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