Definition of fellowship in English:


Line breaks: fel¦low|ship
Pronunciation: /ˈfɛlə(ʊ)ʃɪp


1 [mass noun] Friendly association, especially with people who share one’s interests: they valued fun and good fellowship as the cement of the community
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  • The poolside terrace was packed with diners and people enjoying an evening amongst friends in fun and fellowship.
  • I can recall happy evenings sitting round cheery fires, making our own entertainment, and a wonderful spirit of friendliness and fellowship prevailing.
  • They can take us back to the warm, rich fellowship of friends that are far away.
companionship, companionability, sociability, comradeship, fraternization, camaraderie, friendship, mutual support, mutual respect, mutual liking; amiability, amity, affability, geniality, kindliness, cordiality, intimacy; social intercourse, social contact, association, closeness, togetherness, solidarity
informal chumminess, palliness, clubbiness
British informal mateyness
1.1 [count noun] A group of people meeting to pursue a shared interest or aim.
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  • Alcoholics Anonymous is a world-wide fellowship of people pursuing a goal of abstinence and recovery through their 12 step program.
  • An open public meeting was held in the Community Centre on Saturday night and this was followed by closed meetings of both fellowships on Sunday morning.
  • The fellowships seek to stimulate interest in ethnic-minority mental health research and mental health services by providing financial support and mentoring to doctoral students.
1.2 [count noun] A guild or corporation.
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  • These were social and religious fellowships, and the town's Guildhall belonged to one of them.
  • Now they have all been drawn together into a world fellowship of Bible societies called The United Bible Societies.
2The status of a fellow of a college or society: a fellowship in mathematics
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  • He had a University Assistant Lectureship but he did not initially have a college fellowship.
  • At that time Fellows at Cambridge had to be unmarried, and so on his marriage in 1857 Stokes had to give up his fellowship at Pembroke College.
  • In 1907 he was appointed Camden Professor of Ancient History with an official fellowship at Brasenose College.

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