Definition of fellowship in English:

fellowship

noun

  • 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’
    • ‘Neither can we share fellowship nor even receive desperately needed resources.’
    • ‘There was also good opportunity to meet brethren from other churches and to renew fellowship with friends.’
    • ‘Why do we long for fellowship with creatures so different from ourselves?’
    • ‘This had also been a problem in the nineteenth century when it led people first to think carefully as to whom they could share fellowship.’
    • ‘I can recall happy evenings sitting round cheery fires, making our own entertainment, and a wonderful spirit of friendliness and fellowship prevailing.’
    • ‘Its purpose is fellowship and fun and, as with the youth club, is open to all young people of post-primary school age.’
    • ‘It was not a roar of hatred or revenge but one of solidarity, of fellowship, of concern.’
    • ‘They can take us back to the warm, rich fellowship of friends that are far away.’
    • ‘Various social gatherings bring members together for times of fellowship and fun beyond biweekly worship.’
    • ‘They're stunned to find that solidarity, and fellowship, are rare even among immigrant groups.’
    • ‘The poolside terrace was packed with diners and people enjoying an evening amongst friends in fun and fellowship.’
    • ‘Cottage meetings and religious societies offered a sense of friendship and fellowship, a powerful combination of individual assurance and community discipline.’
    • ‘The mood in central London is odd - actually very stoical and with a real sense of fellowship and camaraderie.’
    • ‘Well, in the first place, I propose good fellowship - good friends all around.’
    • ‘I hope he finds support and fellowship with other courageous souls like David Morrison.’
    • ‘The rest of the night continued with fun, fellowship, and no unexpected interruptions.’
    • ‘I would like to get into town more often to share fellowship and attend church more regularly, but at the moment it's once or twice a month for a Sunday service.’
    • ‘A full programme of events has been devised to ensure speakers, excursions, fun and fellowship.’
    • ‘Here, without any sacrifice of honor, is a wide field for good fellowship and tolerance.’
    • ‘We all have another chance for a great educational experience and to renew fellowship with friends we may have not seen in a while.’
    companionship, companionability, sociability, comradeship, fraternization, camaraderie, friendship, mutual support, mutual respect, mutual liking
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    1. 1.1[count noun] A group of people meeting to pursue a shared interest or aim.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I'm referring to the actual members of the local congregations, fellowships and brotherhoods that open their hearts and wallets regularly for their faith.’
      • ‘He had defined the local church as a fellowship of baptised believers.’
      • ‘The fellowship of the church puts us in company with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.’
      • ‘Alcoholics Anonymous is a world-wide fellowship of people pursuing a goal of abstinence and recovery through their 12 step program.’
      • ‘I had tried the youth group thing, but found it to be more of an extension of the social clique at my school than a spiritual fellowship.’
      • ‘Most observers look past church women's organizations, thinking that women's fellowships are only interested in spiritual matters such as Bible reading, praying, and singing.’
      • ‘Rotary fellowship parties were in progress in all the different regions of Thailand as members came together in fellowship.’
      • ‘It is a fellowship of men and women who share strength and hope.’
      • ‘The sole purpose of the fellowship of believers was the edification of the church.’
      • ‘The family groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experiences, strengths and hopes in order to solve their common problems.’
      • ‘At least back in Arkansas I had a small fellowship of believers to support me.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is also your responsibility to encourage them to seek out good Christian friends for fellowship.’
      association, society, club, league, union, guild, lodge, affiliation, alliance, order, fraternity, brotherhood, sorority
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    2. 1.2[count noun] A guild or corporation.
      • ‘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.’
      alliance, confederation, confederacy, federation, union, association, coalition, combine, consortium, affiliation, guild, corporation, conglomerate, cooperative, partnership, syndicate, compact, band, group, circle, ring
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  • 2The status of a fellow of a college or society:

    ‘a fellowship in mathematics’
    • ‘Over the next 17 years he honed his general surgery skills, obtained fellowships of the royal colleges, and became surgeon-in-charge at Kowloon Hospital from 1957 to 1963.’
    • ‘He was appointed as a university lecturer in the following year and, in 1935, was elected to a fellowship at Pembroke College, Cambridge.’
    • ‘Sherlock Holmes gets given an honorary fellowship from the Royal Society of Chemistry.’
    • ‘He had a University Assistant Lectureship but he did not initially have a college fellowship.’
    • ‘In the same year of 1927 he was also elected to a fellowship at Queen's College Oxford.’
    • ‘He was appointed to a fellowship at Christ's College in 1879 and taught at Cambridge for the rest of his life.’
    • ‘Cranmer was given a fellowship at Jesus College, Cambridge in 1510, which he lost when he married the daughter of a local tavern-keeper.’
    • ‘Last year Georgina also won a fellowship to Columbia School of Journalism and New York University, representing Irish ethnic journalism in New York.’
    • ‘This graduate has now had an academic fellowship at a major university confirmed, and has been appointed a Visiting Professorship at a very prestigious Writing School in the USA.’
    • ‘It appears that men from Lancashire were given preference at this time in the competition for fellowships at Christ's College.’
    • ‘In 1907 he was appointed Camden Professor of Ancient History with an official fellowship at Brasenose College.’
    • ‘I was getting ready to attend Harvard Law School on a military fellowship that would have required me to return after graduation, typically as a prosecutor.’
    • ‘Will recently completed a fellowship at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.’
    • ‘Barrow graduated in 1649 and successfully competed for a college fellowship in the same year.’
    • ‘Magdalen may well have far more tutors than most other colleges, but far more of these are University fellowships and non-teaching positions.’
    • ‘After being certified, a surgeon often applies for a fellowship at the American College of Surgeons.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many college students are getting experience before they graduate by participating in internships, cooperative education, fellowships, and summer work.’
    • ‘Elected to a fellowship at Trinity College, he became a tutor and lecturer and taught at Cambridge all his life.’
    • ‘Newton proposed Stirling for a fellowship of the Royal Society of London and, on 3 November 1726, Stirling was elected.’

Pronunciation:

fellowship

/ˈfɛlə(ʊ)ʃɪp/