fel·​low·​ship | \ ˈfe-lə-ˌship How to pronounce fellowship (audio) , -lō- \

Definition of fellowship

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : companionship, company looking for the fellowship of friendly people
2a : community of interest, activity, feeling, or experience their fellowship in crime— A. J. Ayer
b : the state of being a fellow or associate
3 : a company of equals or friends : association a youth fellowship
4 : the quality or state of being comradely meaningful communication for building trust and fellowship
5 obsolete : membership, partnership
6a : the position of a fellow (as of a university) applied for a research fellowship in physics
b : the stipend of a fellow
c : a foundation for the providing of such a stipend


fellowshipped also fellowshiped\ ˈfe-​lə-​ˌshipt How to pronounce fellowship (audio) , -​lō-​ \; fellowshipping also fellowshiping\ ˈfe-​lə-​ˌshi-​piŋ How to pronounce fellowship (audio) , -​lō-​ \

Definition of fellowship (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to join in fellowship especially with a church member

transitive verb

: to admit to fellowship (as in a church)

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Synonyms for fellowship

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of fellowship in a Sentence

Noun traditions that bind us together in fellowship the new counselor is eager to develop a trustful fellowship with the troubled teens at the center
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Until last week, when the news broke that all record of Park’s fellowship and involvement with the Maxwell Institute had been systematically erased from its website. The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Sep. 2021 If the guiding spirits of high school sports are competition, fellowship and common purpose, the 2020-21 school year brought challenges to them all. New York Times, 9 Sep. 2021 Angulo was known around the station for his big personality and even bigger heart, and fellow firefighters could always count on him to provide joy with plenty of laughs, great conversation and fellowship, Phoenix Fire Department spokesperson Capt. Amaris Encinas, The Arizona Republic, 8 Sep. 2021 Philanthropic organizations stepped up with funding for diverse staffing, often through fellowship positions. Melissa Smith, Robb Report, 8 Sep. 2021 Walton hungered for the comfort and familiarity of fellowship and praise with other congregants. Shelia Poole, ajc, 5 Sep. 2021 The building is going through a remodeling and renovation to continue housing the fellowship center, but adding in meetings for Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, Alanon and Alateen. Steve Lord, chicagotribune.com, 4 Sep. 2021 The loser was gravity, and a similar suspension of natural law was visible among the skateboarders, who dwell in a haze of dudeish fellowship where age has no dominion. Anthony Lan, The New Yorker, 8 Aug. 2021 Even though the fellowship of the usual evening meal gatherings and send-off breakfasts was missing this year, the resilience of the volunteers and the gratitude of the homeowners made for a wonderful experience for all involved. Melissa Whatley, baltimoresun.com, 31 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Digital Grow Groups are made up of five or more people who gather weekly via Zoom to discuss sermons, the bible and just to fellowship and talk about life! Dallas News, 8 Apr. 2021 After the rosary, the guests and dancers fellowship with food and warm drinks. Carmina Tiscareño, Dallas News, 11 Dec. 2020 As a young orthopedic surgeon traveling to fellowship training in Philadelphia, I was stopped by a New Jersey state trooper. WSJ, 8 June 2020

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First Known Use of fellowship


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for fellowship


Middle English felaweschipe, going back to Old English fēolagscipe, from fēolaga fellow + -scipe -ship

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The first known use of fellowship was before the 12th century

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“Fellowship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fellowship. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fellowship

: a friendly relationship among people
: the relationship of people who share interests or feelings
: a group of people who have similar interests


fel·​low·​ship | \ ˈfe-lō-ˌship How to pronounce fellowship (audio) \

Kids Definition of fellowship

1 : friendly relationship existing among persons
2 : a group with similar interests

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