Definition of friendship in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfren(d)SHip/


1The emotions or conduct of friends; the state of being friends.
Example sentences
  • Yes, they say that your future partner is your best friend and that friendship can turn into love.
  • We know we are capable of love, loyalty and friendship, however much we fall short of our own standards.
  • Since their childhood they had been friends and their friendship blossomed into love.
relationship, close relationship, attachment, mutual attachment, association, bond, tie, link, union
informal bromance
1.1A relationship between friends: she formed close friendships with women
More example sentences
  • You bring harmony in friendships and relationships with a light and playful attitude.
  • Any close friendships or bonds that grow out of the events the women are planning will be a bonus, they say.
  • You betray relationships and friendships, and that's an unpleasant thing to do.
amity, camaraderie, friendliness, comradeship, companionship, fellowship, fellow feeling, closeness, affinity, rapport, understanding, harmony, unity;
intimacy, mutual affection
1.2A state of mutual trust and support between allied nations.
Example sentences
  • The purpose of the mission was to ask the French to establish an embassy in Ayutthaya and sign a treaty of friendship.
  • This is part of our endeavour to build and strengthen bridges of friendship with other countries.
  • The theme of this year's event was peace and friendship between China and Japan.


Old English frēondscipe (see friend, -ship).

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Syllabification: friend·ship

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