One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Forming nouns denoting a quality or condition.‘companionship’‘friendship’
2Forming nouns denoting status, office, or honour.‘ambassadorship’‘citizenship’
- 2.1 Forming nouns denoting a tenure of office.‘chairmanship’
- 2.1 Forming nouns denoting a tenure of office.
3Forming nouns denoting a skill in a certain capacity.‘workmanship’
4Forming nouns denoting the collective individuals of a group.‘membership’
Old English -scipe, scype, of Germanic origin.
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